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Nursery admissions

The deadline for responding to nursery offers online has now passed. The online application system is still open for you to check whether your child was offered a place on or after 26 April 2016. If you still need to respond to an offer, please contact the nursery direct. Contact details for Hertfordshire nurseries are available here

You can view your application using the online system here.

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and you would like to apply for a nursery school place to start in 2016/17, you must contact your preferred nurseries direct for a paper application form. Please use the links below to find vacancy and contact information for all Hertfordshire maintained nurseries: 

  • View current vacancy information here     
  • View nursery contact details here

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Admissions timetable for nursery schools and classes

 Apply online from Tuesday 9 February 2016
 Application deadline Friday 18 March 2016
 Offer date Tuesday 26 April 2016
 Accept your place by Wednesday 4 May 2016

When will my child start at nursery?
The county council has a two intake policy for nursery admissions:

  • September 2016 intake for children born between 1 September 2012 and 28 February 2013
  • January 2017 intake for children born between 1 March 2013 and 31 August 2013

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. You can view these 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 www.hertsdirect.org/childrenscentres