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Nursery classes within a primary school setting (nursery schools)

These provide early education and childcare to children from 3- to 5-year-old, however, some may accept children from the age of 2. Families normally would have to apply to the nursery in a similar way to you would for a school place. If your application is successful, you will either be allocated a morning of an afternoon place. You could use your 15 hours of nursery education funding to pay for the place.

Many nursery classes within primary schools also offer the extended entitlement of 30 hours for eligible working families. For nursery classes in primary schools  accepting 2-year-old children, these are normally through the early education and childcare entitlement of 15 hours for eligible families (however, this may not always apply to private or independent schools).

As nursery classes are part of the wider school they are inspected under the school's Ofsted, or under the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) in the case of some private or independent schools.

To access a list of nursery schools offering the early education entitlement for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds, click on the following link: 

Last Updated 25/01/2022

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