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Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes

1. Early Years Education 2. Childminders 3. Day Nurseries
4. Nursery School 5. Nursery Units of Independent School 6. Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes
7. Pre-Schools 8. Extended Day Pre-Schools 9. Concerns in Your Child's Progress
10. Services and Support 11.  Prepare for Primary School

6. Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes

Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes (or known as Nursery Units of Independent Schools) are usually attached to an infant, primary or academy school that offer free early education session.  Maintained nursery classes are usually open during term-time and offer full or half-day sessions.  They offer learning and development activities that are appropriate depending on your child's age and ability.  Most maintained nursery schools offer places to children in the September after their 3rd birthday however, some nurseries offer a place termly.  Although some offer places after their 3rd birthday, some maintained nursery schools offer places to children when they turn 2.  If your child is in the nursery attached/linked to the primary school, this does not guarantee them a place at the primary school, you will still need to apply for a primary school place.



Most maintained nursery schools and classes are registered with Ofsted under the school's registration.  This means they still do not have their own registration but are still inspected by Ofsted.  If there is a particular maintained nursery school you are interested in, you can ask the nursery or school to view or have a copy their last inspection or download a copy from the Ofsted Website searching for the school. 


Cost of Maintained Nursery

Maintained Nurseries can choose their own costing which can also be different depending on the child's age, if they offer discount for siblings, etc. N urseries offer 15 hours free childcare and some also offer 2, 3 and 4 year old free childcare.  You will need to confirm with the nursery as to what they offer.

If you need help with childcare costs, you may benefit from schemes such as: 

  • Tax Credit/Universal Credit - You may be eligible for certain tax credits or universal credit if your family has a low income;
  • Childcare Voucher - your employer may offer the childcare vouchers scheme which allows you to have your money diverted from your salary before you get it and before it is taxed. Check with your employer to see if they offer this. 

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