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Hertfordshire County Council

Nursery schools and classes

All 3 and 4 year olds can have 15 hours free nursery education, either at a maintained or private nursery.


The online nursery application system is now closed.

You can no longer use the online system to accept or reject an offer, or make a late application.

Contact the nurseries you are interested in for a paper application form if you still want to make a late application.

You can view the nursery admissions directory for more about the nursery schools and classes you can apply to and check the nursery vacancy information to see whether they have places available.

If you have not accepted or rejected an offer made to you online, contact the nursery direct as soon as possible.

Nurseries and early years providers in your area

Important dates

6 February 2017

Online system opens for you to apply online.

17 March 2017

Deadline to apply for a place at a maintained nursery school or class.

25 April 2017

Nursery offers available online.

3 May 2017

Deadline to accept or decline the place offered.

When your child starts at nursery

We split nursery start dates depending on when your child was born:

  • Born 1 Sept 2013 – 28 Feb 2014: start September 2017.
  • Born 1 March 2014 – 31 Aug 2014: start January 2018.

However, some nursery schools and classes operate a different intake system. It's worth contacting them direct to confirm their intake policy.

Find maintained nursery contact details.

How places will be offered

All nursery schools and classes allocate places in accordance with their published admission arrangements.


Contact the nursery direct if you:

  • need to provide additional information for your application

  • move address after submitting your application

  • have submitted a late application and want to find out when it will be considered

  • want to discuss the waiting list.