Nursery schools - see also
Nurseries are childcare services that look after children aged 0 to five on non-domestic premises.
Free part-time nursery education places
Children can receive free part-time nursery education place from 1 September, 1 January or 1 April following their third birthday.
Hours and weeks
- Up to 15 hours per week
- For up to 38 weeks of the year
Not all providers in Wandsworth currently offer 38 weeks but they must offer a minimum of 33 weeks.
How to apply for nursery education
Once you have chosen your type of nursery place, you can:
- apply to a Wandsworth Council school (maintained school), or
- apply to a private, voluntary or independent school (non-maintained school)
Read our Choosing nursery education in Wandsworth booklet, a step by step guide on how to apply for nursery education place.
The closing date for applications is 8 February 2013.
Free nursery education places for two-year-olds
From September 2013, some two-year-olds will become entitled to a free nursery education place from the beginning of the term after their second birthday.
- Children from families that are eligible for free school meals
- Children 'looked after' by the council
Who provides free nursery school places
- Nursery and reception classes in maintained schools
- Pre-school groups
- Nursery schools
- Private and voluntary nurseries and independent schools.
All government funded organisations that provide free early years education must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage.Find out more about the different types of providers and how to choose the type of nursery place.
Free nursery places for children born outside of the UK
Children moving to England from another country are entitled to free nursery education on the same basis as any other child. They do not have to have a British citizenship.
Contact the Family Information Service (FIS)
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 020 8871 7899