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Nursery admissions

If your child was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, you will be able to make an application for a nursery school place to start in 2016/17 between 9 February and 18 March 2016.  An online application form will be available on this page from 9 February 2016.

A leaflet detailing information about nursery admissions will be sent to all parents/carers who are registered with a Hertfordshire GP. If you are not registered with a Hertfordshire GP and would like to receive a leaflet, please add your details to our mailing list here.

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. The county council has published nursery admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled nursery school/classes for 2016/17. 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

If you are looking for a nursery school place to start this academic year (2015/16), you can find current vacancy information for all Hertfordshire nurseries here. The contact details for Hertfordshire nurseries are available here.