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School Admissions - Applying for a nursery place

All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for up to 15 hours a week of free nursery provision from the term after their 3rd birthday and some children maybe entitled to an additional 15 hours of full nursery education  (where parents are eligible please see link below to the Children and Families Information Service).  This is based on children attending nursery for 38 weeks of the year for 5 x 3 hour sessions per week, either every morning or every afternoon, although other flexible options may be available.  Various 'settings' provide nursery education where parents can access this free entitlement, including:

  • Nursery classes in 'maintained' infant and primary schools;

  • maintained nursery schools;

  • pre-school playgroups;

  • private nurseries;

  • academies which are registered to provide nursery education.

You can find details of these settings in your area by using the link below.

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 December 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week from January 2018.

Children born between 1 January 2015 and 31 March 2015 can receive their free 15 hours a week from April 2018.

Children born between 1 April 2015 and 31 August 2015 can receive their free 15 hours a week from September 2018.

Some 2 year old children are also entitled to free places.  Contact the Children and Families Information Service for more information:

Telephone: 08457 125 737 or at: Children and Families Information Service

30 Hour Free Childcare:

Find nursery settings in your area: 

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For community and voluntary controlled nurseries:

January 2018 entryClosing date for applications - 29 September 2017
April 2018 entryClosing date for applications - 15 January 2018
September 2018 entryClosing date for applications - 23 March 2018

For academies, voluntary aided and foundation schools:
Check with the individual school for the closing date.

Before you apply for a nursery place, please make sure that you have read through the important information leaflet below that includes the admissions policy for community and voluntary controlled nurseries.

Download the application form below and return it to your preferred school.

If you are unable to download an application form, please contact the School Admissions and Appeals Team (contact details below) and we will post one to you.

Important - attendance in a nursery class does not guarantee a place in the reception group at the school.  It is not a factor in allocating places at community and voluntary controlled schools and many other schools.

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You will find contact details below for nurseries in Cumbria, arranged by area.  Please contact the nursery you are interested in for information about their establishment and applying for a place with them in the 2017/18 academic year.
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Contact us

School Admissions and Appeals Team 
Children and Families Services 
Cumbria House
117 Botchergate 


01228 221582

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