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Nursery admissions

Nursery offers for places starting in 2015/16 were released on Tuesday 28 April.If you applied online, please log in to your application here to check whether your child has been offered a place. The deadline for responding online was Wednesday 6 May. If you still need to respond to your offer, please contact the nursery directly.

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 and you did not apply before the deadline of 20 March 2015, late applications must now be made direct to nurseries. Contact details for Hertfordshire nurseries are available here. Current vacancy information for all Hertfordshire nurseries is also available here.

Admissions timetable for nursery schools and classes

 Apply online from Monday 9 February 2015
 Application deadline Friday 20 March 2015
 Offer date Tuesday 28 April 2015
 Accept your place by Wednesday 6 May 2015

You can view the nursery admissions leaflet and the nursery admissions schools directory using the image links on this page.

nursery leaflet cover     Nursery admissions schools directory


When will my child start at nursery?

The county council has a two intake policy for nursery admissions:

  • September 2015 intake for children born between 1 September 2011 and 29 February 2012
  • January 2016 intake for children born between 1 March 2012 and 31 August 2012

However, some schools operate a different intake system. Please speak to the school direct to confirm their intake policy.

How will places be offered?

All schools will allocate places in accordance with their published admission arrangements. The county council has published nursery admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled nursery school/classes for 2015/16. Voluntary aided and foundation schools and academies usually have a different set of published admission rules. You can view school admission arrangements here.

What hours will my child be offered?

Hertfordshire County Council has a duty to provide access to 15 hours a week of free early years provision for all three and four year olds. Full time provision would normally be three hours per session five days a week; part time would normally be fewer days per week.

Find your nearest nursery/early years provider
To find your nearest nursery use our easy online mapping facility. Simply enter your postcode to find nurseries in your area. Find your local children's centre at