Understanding nursery choices can be very confusing particularly if it’s your first experience of dealing with early childhood education and care.
Some children may be entitled to a free 15 hour nursery place when they are two-years-old.
If you can afford to pay for a nursery place, there are number of local private nurseries that take children from very young ages and some offer 15 hours of free childcare
30 hours free nursery education
All children are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education the term after they turn three. In Hammersmith and Fulham, we have always been exceptionally lucky that the local authority has offered three and four-year-olds funded full-time (30 hour) places in council-run nurseries.
You can apply for a three or four-year-old nursery place directly with the nursery/school. And, it’s wise to try and register your child when they are two-years-old.
The nursery admissions criteria mirror that of the main school. And, you should always try to visit the nursery before you make an application to ensure it's the right fit for your child. A list of local state nurseries and their offer criteria is available on the Hammersmith & Fulham website.
If both parents are working you might be eligible to apply for a 30 hour place via the Government's 30 hour tax free scheme. It’s really important to make your application to claim the 30 hours before each term's closing date so do make a note of these dates.
We understand that the entire school admissions process can be a little daunting. Family Support staff are on hand to help with queries, accompany you on nursery visits and help with completing any paperwork. Pop into one of our family centres, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8753 6070.
Developing healthy brains
Every child needs loving, nurturing care from the adults around them if they are to develop the healthy brains they need to be able to thrive and this is even more important in the first few years of life. Choosing the right nursery is all part of getting it right for your child, as well supporting healthy brain development.