What To Do If You Miss the Nursery Application Deadline
If you have missed the application deadline for a September nursery place, there are a few things you can do.
There are a limited number of schools that allow children to start in January, but it would be best to start the following in the first instance:
1. Contact all of primary schools you are interested in your child attending and ask if you can go on the waiting list. There have been cases where a child can end up getting a place due a family moving or someone has applied for more than one school etc. Schools do not usual take children in January, however last year there were approximately 200 places available. So I think the waiting list is a very good option at this stage. Schools do not reopen until the first week of September.
2. Make enquiries at some private providers offering 3 year old places. As you may be aware, some providers may offer ‘an additional service package’ – this is to cover additional services they may provide such as lunch, football, ballet etc. Therefore, it would be a good idea to find out what are these arrangements.
3. Wait until the last week in September/first week in October and then call the Early Education and Childcare Places (EECP) Team on 020 8871 7899. Usually the EECP team would have compiled a list of schools with nursery class places still available and we will be able to give you this information.
If you are a working parent you may be able to claim the 30 hours entitlement. Please click on the following link www.wandsworth.gov.uk/30hours
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Early Education and Childcare Places Team
- 020 8871 7899