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Nursery classes

Many schools in Bexley have nursery classes, and children can start when they are three or four years old.

Nursery places for September 2016/January 2017

For children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, the application is now open until 6 April 2016. You can apply online. Paper forms and the Admission to Nursery Classes 2016 booklet are available on request.

Nursery classes 2015/16

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, there may be places available now in nursery classes. Please contact the School Admissions team for more details.

General information

Many nursery classes now offer a total of 15 hours each week. Most still provide sessions in either mornings or afternoons but some are now offering different patterns of attendance. More detail is provided in the booklet.

Although there has been widespread media coverage regarding the extended free childcare entitlement for working parents of three - four year olds, no final decision has been made regarding school nurseries and therefore nurseries in Bexley schools will continue to offer a 15 hour provision. Nursery classes are very popular and it may not be possible to offer places to all children who apply. Information is available from Bexley's Family Information Service ( regarding other nursery classes, day nurseries and playgroups run by voluntary and private organisations and childminders.

Attendance at a school nursery class does not give priority for admission to the Reception class at the same school when your child reaches school age. If your child is not offered a place in a nursery class, it will not affect your application for a Reception place for September 2017.

When can my child start nursery?

Children are admitted to nursery classes in Bexley schools when they are three or four years old, in the year before they are due to start Reception.

Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 can start in September 2016 or January 2017, and can apply online now.

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