Many schools in Bexley have nursery classes, and children can start when they are three or four years old, in the year before they are due to start Reception. In September 2020 Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 will start nursery classes.

  • from 16 January, apply online for children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 
  • closing date is 6 April 2020
  • paper forms and the Admission to nursery classes 2020 booklet will be available from 16 January 2020

Nursery classes 2019 to 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016, there may be places available now in nursery classes. Contact the School Admissions team for more details. 

If you have not applied for a Reception place for September 2020, the closing date is 15 January 2020. Please be sure not to miss the deadline. 

General information

Although there has been widespread media coverage regarding the extended free childcare entitlement for working parents of three to four-year-olds, not all nurseries will be offering this and not all families are entitled to claim it, therefore the London Borough of Bexley’s standard nursery offer remains 15 hours per week, with some schools offering additional hours as a top-up for those eligible.

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 2021.