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Nursery Schools

Maintained Nursery Places

A maintained nursery is managed by a governing body and is usually on the site of a primary school.

Maintained nurseries in St Helens offer places for three and four year-olds the year before they start school, but they may be able to go sooner if there are enough places (Broad Oak, Thatto Heath and Robins Lane offer some 2 year olds places).

Your child can get 15 hours of free nursery care each week for 38 weeks each year.

The hours are normally divided up into morning or afternoon sessions on 5 days per week. The School will contact you with details of the session times for your child after a place has been allocated by the Local Authority.

September 2018 Admission

If your child will turn 3 between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018, he or she can start a maintained nursery in September 2018. If you wish to be considered for a place at the start of the term after their 3rd birthday i.e. admission in January or April 2018 please see below. 

From 4th September, 2017 you can apply online for a maintained nursery place for September 2018. 

September 2017 Admission

If your child turned 3 before 31 August 2017, he or she can start a maintained nursery now. If you wish to be considered for a place at the start of the term after their 3rd birthday i.e. admission in January or April 2018 please see below. 

PLEASE NOTE: The online application system has closed for admission in September 2017 you will need to download an application form via the below link

Spring or Summer 2018 Admission

If your child turns 3 after 31 August 2017 and you wish to apply for spring or summer 2018 admission, you need to complete an application form and return it to St Helens Council by 13 October 2017. 

Before you apply 

  • Read the Nursery Education Booklet which contains useful information about the application process including: how places will be allocated, definition of home address and how late applications will be dealt with.
  • Clarify any issues you are not sure about with staff in the School Admissions Team on 01744 671035 or email schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk

30 Hours Free Childcare

From September 2017 some working parents will be eligible for up to 30 hours of free childcare/ early education per week (for 3-4 year olds).

This may have an impact on the number of pupils that maintained schools can offer places to. The places allocated by the Local Authority are for the Universal 15 hours of Free Early Education that all 3-4 year olds are entitled to. If you are interested in taking up the 30 hours Free Childcare you should contact the nursery to find out if they will be offering places and whether there is any availability. You should apply for an extended entitlement place through the nursery after you have secured the 30 hours free childcare eligibility voucher from the Childcare Choices website.