Choosing a nursery school or nursery class
Free early years education places are
available for every 3 and 4 year old from the term following their
3rd birthday. The places are part-time and are available in either
Local Authority maintained nursery schools, nursery units or
nursery classes or in a private day nursery, a pre-school or with
an accredited childminder.
Local authorities provide pre-school education
in the form of nursery schools and nursery classes. A nursery
school is a separate school whilst a nursery class is part of
an existing lower or primary school.
Bedford Borough has three maintained nursery
schools, these are:
Peter Pan Nursery School, Cherry Trees Nursery School and
Southway Nursery School.
As from 1st April 2015 Peter Pan, Cherry Trees
and Southway Nursery Schools formed the Bedford Nursery Schools
Federation. The federation has one governing body and an Executive
Further information about the nursery school
can be found on their website.
In addition to these many lower schools also
have nursery units or nursery classes. If you would like your
child to attend a maintained nursery school or the nursery
provision in a local school, you should contact the headteacher who
will explain the arrangements for applying for a school
If there are more requests for places than there are places
available, the school will use its published admissions criteria to
decide how to offer the places.
If you child has been admitted to a nursery
unit or nursery class attached to a lower school, this does not
guarantee admission to the reception year. Parents must apply for a
reception year place in accordance with the published admission
arrangements. Click on this link for information about
to lower schools.
For information about day nurseries, pre-schools and
childminders please contact Bedford Borough
Family Information Service.