Guidance notes

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Each Authority sets its own dates for accepting nursery applications. You can find this information on the Local Authority details page.

Please Note: Your application must be submitted before the closing date.

Each step of the application process has a separate 'Help' page with information about how to fill in that section.

Nursery application

ONLY the following 3 Local Authorities allow nursery applications online:
Bexley, Enfield and Merton. For nursery age ranges please see your Local Authority details page.

Step 1 - Start new application

New child
Select the 'Start a new application for a child not listed below' button

Step 2 - Enter child details

Enter the details requested about the child you are making the application for on the 'Child Details' page and select the 'Save and continue' button.

Step 3 - Select the Local Authority you wish to apply to

Select the Authority in which the school you wish to apply for is located from the 'Select a Local Authority' dropdown list and select the 'Continue' button to start your application.

Step 4 - Add your school preferences

Select and add the school(s) you wish to apply for, making sure you put them in order of your preference.

When you have chosen the schools you want to apply for, select the 'Next' button to go to the 'Check and submit'page.

Step 5 - Check and submit your application

This page enables you to check all the details entered on your application form before you submit it.

If you are ready to submit your application select the 'Submit application' button at the bottom of the page. This takes you to the 'Confirmation' page, where you will be given your 'Application reference' as well as any Local Authority specific information or supplementary information requirements.

You will receive an email confirmation - Please keep this email safe.

You must submit your application before the closing date in order for your application to be processed by the Local Authority.

Applying to another Local Authority

You are able to apply for nursery schools in more than one Local Authority but you will need to create a separate application to each Authority.

Changing information before you have submitted your application

Schools
To change a school you must select the ‘Back’ button, then make the changes to your school preferences, once you have made the changes to your school preferences ‘Next’ your application through each step of the application until you get to the ‘Check and submit’ page. From here you will 'Submit your application'.

Child details
To change your child’s details you must select the ‘Back’button until you get to your ‘My school admissions’ page. Select the ‘Edit child details’ button, and then make the changes to your child’s details. Select the ‘Save and Continue’ button. You will be taken back to your ‘My school admissions’ page, from here you will select ‘Edit selected school' and ‘Save and continue’ your application through each step of the application until you get to the ‘Check and submit’page. From here you will 'Submit your application'.

Updating your details
To update your details you must select the‘Back’button until you get to your ‘My school admissions’page. Select the ‘Edit your details’ button, and then make the changes to your details. Select ‘Next’ button. You will be taken back to your ‘My school admissions’ page, from here you will select ‘Edit selected schools’ and ‘Next’ your application through each step of the application until you get to the ‘Check and submit’ page. From here you will 'Submit your application'.

Changing information after you have submitted your application

If necessary you can make changes to your application from the 'My school admissions' page.

You must submit applications each time you make changes.

After the closing date you MUST ensure you keep your home Authority informed of any change of circumstances, in particular regarding a change of address or other contact details.

Child moving home address

If the child moves to a different Home Authority after you have submitted an application, then you must do the following: -

First - Inform the child's original Home Authority that the child has moved out of the area to a new address.

Second - Contact the child's new Home Authority, who will let you know what to do next.

To exit 'Your details' or 'Child details' page, please use the select ‘Save and continue’or the 'Back' button.

Deleting your application

You can delete an application before it has been submitted by selecting the 'Delete application' button below the relevant application reference on the 'My school admissions' page.

If you wish to delete an application that has been submitted, you will need to contact the Application Authority's School Admissions Team, as we are unable to delete 'Submitted' applications from the online system.

Further assistance

If you have any questions about your application, please see the Frequently asked questions at the top of the page. Alternativley, contact your home Authority. You can find Local Authority contact details on the Local Authority details page.

If you have a technical enquiry relating to your account and you would like to raise this with the Support Desk, please click here.

The Support Desk is available between 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, with the exception of Bank Holidays.

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