Nursery school admissions 2018/19

The council's nursery admissions arrangements for entry in September 2018 include a standard closing date and offer day for all Tower Hamlets nurseries, including those provided by maintained schools, free schools, academies and church schools. 

The deadline to to apply using a common application formis 27 January 2018. Parents will know the outcome of their application on 8 May 2018 and will also be notified whether the place offered is a full-time or part-time place.

The nursery admission arrangements and criteria now mirror the arrangements for admission to reception. The arrangements include priority admission (catchment) areas and priority also being given to children for whom the school is the 'nearest school' within the catchment area. This will ensure that places for community nurseries are offered fairly and consistently, similar to that of reception admission. This means that children offered a place at nursery are more likely to secure a reception place at the same school in the following year.

The admission arrangements also include criteria for offering full-time and part-time places. The admission arrangements and the criteria for full-time and part-time places are included in the Starting school in Tower Hamlets booklet 2018. The booklet also has other useful information on admissions and other related matters.

Parents may apply to as many nurseries as they wish.  Forms can be obtained from schools.  The completed application form should be returned to the individual school where the parents are making their application for a nursery place.

Please view the full nursery admissions policy and catchment areas. For more information please contact pupil services on 020 7364 5006. 

Download a copy of the Common Application Form (CAF).

Waiting list

Children who have not been offered a place at the family's chosen nursery would be added to the waiting list. For more information parents should contact the individual school. A full list of nursery classes and nursery schools can be obtained from the Family Information Service on 020 7364 6495 or you can search the Family Services Directory.

Please note the length of time that a child's name has been on a nursery class or school's waiting list does not give the child priority over other applicants; please refer to the school's admission policies for how schools make decisions about places.

Other services

If your local nursery schools and classes are full, contact Pupil Services for advice. If you need more information on other services for under fives, please contact one of the following organisations:

Tower Hamlets Family Information Service

The Family Information Service (FIS) holds a database of all registered childcare in the borough including details of vacancies, costs, opening times, age range, special needs provision, and availability of school pick-up. There is also guidance on how to choose childcare and ways to pay for it. For those interested in a career in childcare, the FIS can provide information on what jobs are available, training and vacancies.

Tel: 020 7364 6495


Tower Hamlets early years service

The early years service provides information on early years/foundation stage education, Sure Start children’s centres, future plans for childcare and early education services in Tower Hamlets and Sure Start.

Tel: 020 7364 6495


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