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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 children may be able to go sooner if there are enough places i.e. the term after their third birthday.

Some primary schools offer two-year-olds places please check with the school you are interested in.

Your child can get 15 hours of funded nursery care each week for 38 weeks each year the term after their third birthday.

The hours are normally divided up into morning or afternoon sessions on five 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.

January, April and September 2022 nursery admission

If your child turns three after 31 August 2021 and you wish to apply for January, April or September 2022 nursery admission, the online application system has now closed buy you can still apply by downloading a paper application form or alternatively email schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk and we will send you an application form in the post.

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.ukss.

September 2021 nursery admission

If your child turns 3 on or before 31 August 2021, he or she can start a maintained nursery in September 2021. If you wish to be considered for a place please email schooladmissions@sthelens.gov.uk to request a paper application form to be sent to you in the post or you can download a form below:

September 2021 admission form

30 hours' funded childcare

Some working parents are eligible for up to 30 hours of funded childcare/early education per week (for three to four-year-olds). As a result 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 funded early education that all three and four-year-olds are entitled to. If you are interested in taking up the 30 hours' funded childcare, you should contact the nursery to find out if they will be offering 30-hour 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 code from the Childcare Choices website.

Privacy notice 

The council has a legal responsibility to protect the data it collects. A copy of the School Admissions privacy notice can be downloaded.