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Maintained nursery admissions

Maintained nursery places

Stockport has range of maintained nursery settings from nursery classes attached to primary schools to 4 standalone nursery schools:

  • Freshfield Nursery School
  • Hollywood Park Nursery School
  • Lark Hill Nursery School
  • Reddish Vale Nursery School

You'll need to apply to us if you want your child to get a place at a maintained nursery.

All of the maintained nursery places that we allocate are for 15 hours. The nursery can then choose to offer any further hours if they have capacity.

If you're applying to a private provider, you'll need to apply directly to them.

You can find more information on our early years and childcare web pages.

September 2024 intake

To apply for a September 2024 start, your child must have been born between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021.

The closing date for maintained nursery places is 31 March 2024. We'll send you an email with information about the outcome of your application on 17 May 2024.

If you apply after 31 March 2024 your application will be processed after 17 May 2024.

Early intake

You'll automatically be considered for the early intake if your child is born between the dates below and if you apply by the deadlines below.

  • if the child is born between 1 September 2020 and 31 December 2020
    • considered for a place starting January 2024
    • deadline to apply by 31 October 2023
    • you'll receive your offer end of November 2023

If you apply after 31 October 2023 your child will not be considered for a nursery place for January 2024 but will be considered for the subsequent April and September 2024 intakes.

  • if the child is born between 1 September 2020 and 31 March 2021
    • considered for a place starting April 2024
    • deadline to apply by 15 February 2024
    • you'll receive your offer beginning of March 2024

If you apply after 15 February 2024 your child will not be considered for a nursery place for April 2024 but will be processed as part of the subsequent September 2024 intake.

Some nurseries may choose not to have an early intake if they do not have places available.

If you have not been contacted, you will not be offered an early intake, however you'll be still considered for a September 2024 place. You do not need to re-apply.

Admissions criteria

You can find admissions criteria on our nursery policies web page.

The nursery that your child attends will not affect your application for a reception place.

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Offer Day

For information about receiving offers for nursery places visit our offer day web page.