How and when to apply for a nursery place.

Nursery Admissions for 2024 Apply Now

If places are available children are eligible to be admitted the term after their third birthday and are admitted in criteria and date of birth order. 

Guidance on Admissions for Overseas Nationals Entering the UK

Before applying for a school place you should check that you have have a right of abode or that the conditions of your immigration status otherwise permit you to access a state-funded school.

A child born between:             

  • 1 September and 31 December - is eligible from the start of the Spring Term in January
  • 1 January and 31 March - is eligible from the start of the Summer Term in April
  • 1 April and 31 August - is eligible from the start of the Autumn Term in September

Offer of a nursery place:

  • Any letters/offers we send will be in relation to a September start only
  • Once you have secured your September place, the school will contact you direct to offer any January or April starts
  • If an early place is not available the Families Information Service can also provide you with details of other registered providers

Session times:

  • The Headteacher decides which session a child will attend. Whilst every effort is made to take parents preferred session into account, parents must understand this is not always possible

How do I apply?

  • For all schools you will need to complete an online form using the link below.

 Admissions for September 2024 - July 2025 (Child's date of birth 01/09/2020 to 31/08/2021)

The admissions process for places for September 2024 is open now

You should also use this application if your child would be of the correct age to start early in January or April 2024
(For example a child who is 3 during the autumn term may be able to start in January if there is a place available)

Use the link below to apply online now:


   Admissions for September 2025 - July 2026 (Child's date of birth 01/09/2021 to 31/08/2022) 

The admissions process for places for September 2025 will be coming soon


To apply for a Church School

To apply for a Church School please use the links above. If you have any queries please contact the School directly.

Below is a list of Doncaster Church Schools with a nursery.

Canon Popham CofE Primary Academy
Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Mexborough St John the Baptist CofE Primary School
Rossington St Michael's CofE Primary School
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School
St Alban's Catholic Primary School
St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School
St Joseph and St Teresa's Catholic Primary School
St Joseph's School, A Catholic Voluntary Academy
St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Edlington
St Oswald's CofE Academy
Tickhill St Mary's Church of England Primary and Nursery School
Travis St Lawrence CofE Primary School

Please note the schools above do not have catchment areas as they give priority to pupils who live in each parish

Alternative Setting to a school please contact the Families Information Service on 0800 1384568 or contact the provider direct.

Reception place

You must apply again for a Reception Place  

Attendance at a school nursery does not normally give you a place (please see the admission policy for individual schools). There is no automatic right of admission into a reception class and all parents must apply for the school they wish to attend. For information on the closing dates for Reception please see the primary admissions page


If you have any questions or wish to discuss nursery admissions contact:

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Last updated: 10 July 2024 12:26:50

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