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Admission to a school nursery or class attached to a primary school

Three and four year old children can go to nursery classes attached to primary or nursery schools in Hackney.

The age your child can go depends on the number of places available.

All three and four year olds are eligible for free early years education, usually 15 hours a week. Both our nursery schools, Comet and Wentworth, and some primary schools also take eligible two year olds. 

Some working parents will be eligible for a full-time place (30 hours per week).

Parents who wish to be considered for a full-time place will need to check their eligibility the school term before their child is due to start nursery. This can be done online using the childcare calculator on the GOV.UK website.

Eligible parents will receive a 11 digit code which must be given to the school before the closing date for applications.

Advice and information about childcare

If you would like impartial advice and information about childcare, paying for childcare and funded places for 2-4 year olds, contact the Hackney Family Information Service (FIS) on 020 8820 7590 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email


Admissions and Pupil Benefits Team

020 8820 7000
This page was last modified on: 17 Jul 2024