Nursery school or class
Local council maintained nursery schools and nursery classes are one type of childcare setting that provide free early learning and childcare for 2 to 5 year olds. For information on other types of childcare settings, please visit our page on types of childcare. Nursery schools may be based at Child and Family Centres or part of infant or primary schools. There are also nursery classes within some primary schools.
There are 7 maintained nursery schools and 19 maintained schools with nursery classes in Cambridgeshire. They all offer part-time early years education for children from the term after their third birthday. You can find your nearest nursery school or class, as well as other early education providers, on the Family Information Directory.
These nurseries offer provision for children who are not yet of statutory school age (and are optional). When children reach statutory school age they must apply for a school place in a reception class. Most children in Cambridgeshire start school in the September following their fourth birthday. Statutory school age (the legal age at which a child must be receiving an education) is from the term after their fifth birthday.
Parents may register their interest in a place at a nursery school at any time, but must formally apply for a place, using the Council's Parent / Carer Declaration Form. Information and application forms are available from each nursery school, via the website or from the school office; the County Council website and from the Early Years Funding Team.
What you can do
If you wish to apply for a place at one of the nursery schools or nursery classes you should arrange a visit, ask for a copy of their policy and a nursery application form.
If you need more help
Our Families and Childcare helpline can help you to find childcare settings where your child can access free early learning and childcare.
Telephone: 0345 045 1360
Email: [email protected]