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Nursery admissions

Nursery offers are now available online. If you made a nursery application online, you can now log back into the online system to check whether your child has been offered a place.

If your child has not been offered a place at your most preferred nursery of is without an offer, please continue to check your application daily until 4 May. Nurseries will continue to offer places online to children who are still interested in a place until this date. For information about where your child is on the waiting list please contact the nursery direct.

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. Contact details for Hertfordshire nurseries are available 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

If you are looking for a nursery school place to start this academic year (2015/16), please contact nurseries direct. Contact details for Hertfordshire nurseries are available here.