Apply for a nursery school place

You can apply for a nursery school place for September 2024, if your child was born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021.

Your child can attend nursery:

  • in the mornings
  • in the afternoons
  • or the option of 30 hours and flexi time is available at some nurseries

You can let us know which option is suitable for you during your application.

Immediate nursery school places

If you need a nursery school place for the current academic year please contact the nursery school directly.


To apply for a nursery school place for September 2024 you will need to

  • complete the application form via the button below
  • email the nursery school you have applied to with the application documents. If you do not provide the required documents, your application may not be processed.

Please use the button below to fill in an application form:

Apply for a nursery school place

Applicants for Heathland nursery school or Whitefriars nursery school must visit their websites for alternative instructions.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications in the main round is 15 January 2024. Applications submitted after 15 January 2024 are considered late. They get processed after 15 March 2024. If you want to submit a late application, please complete the application form.

Receiving the outcome of your application

If you submitted your application before 15 January 2024, you will get the result on 15 March 2024.

The nursery school will respond to you directly if your application was late. If you don't hear from the nursery within a couple of weeks of applying contact them directly.

Unsuccessful applications

We will let you know in writing if  we are unable to offer you a place at the nursery that you applied for. We also add you child to the waiting list for that nursery.

The nursery will also inform you that your child can be added to the waiting list for any other nursery from that date.

Waiting lists are maintained in priority order using the admissions criteria. As vacancies occur places will be offered from the waiting list in order of priority.

Information about any offers will be shared across nurseries. This ensures that each child is only allocated one nursery place.

Admissions criteria

If more applications are received than there are places in a nursery, places will be offered to children in the following order:

  • A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, care arrangements or special guardianship order, including those who appear to the admissions authority to have been in a state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  • Children referred by Harrow’s Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Service
  • Sibling link: Children with a brother or sister attending the linked primary, infant or junior school at the time of the admission
  • All other children

If there are more children than remaining places, they'll be offered to those who live closest. The distance is measured in a straight line from your home to the centre point of the school site.

Multiple applications

You may only complete one application form for each child. 

If you want to apply to a different nursery, you must cancel your first application. Contact that nursery to let them know you're cancelling.

You will need to give your child’s name and date of birth in the email. You will then be able to submit an application for another nursery. 

If you submitted more than one application, and offered more than one place, only the latest one will be valid. Any offers resulting from earlier applications will be withdrawn.

Transferring from nursery to reception class

Please note: getting a place in a nursery class doesn't guarantee a place at reception in that school. You must make a separate application for reception class. You may need to plan for and prepare your child for changing school.