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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 Headteacher.

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 place.
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.


Please note

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  admissions to lower schools

 

For information about day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders please contact Bedford Borough Family Information Service.

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