Marpool Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Nursery Admissions

We are delighted that you are considering our Nursery here at Marpool for your child.

Unlike admissions to Reception, Nursery places are allocated by the school.

I am interested in sending my child to Nursery. What should I do?

Even if your child is not quite old enough to start yet, you can get the ball rolling!

1) Contact the school for a tour* 01395 263961 and ask for Mrs Copsey.

2) If you like us, fill in a Note of Interest form by visiting our office. It is also available to download here.

* If you already know us well, just fill in the Note of Interest!

 Then, depending on when your child can start, Mrs Copsey will send you an Application form. Note of Interest forms can be completed any time, Application forms need to be completed at a certain time.

When can my child start Nursery?

Marpool welcome new pupils into our Nursery every January, April and September.

Your child can start in our Nursery the term after their third birthday.

What is the difference between the universal 15 hours entitlement and the extended 30 hours entitlement?

  • All three and four-year-olds are automatically entitled to 15 hours funded childcare starting the term after the child’s third birthday. Parents do not need to apply if they only want to claim the universal 15 hours entitlement for three and four-year-olds. You can top up these hours by paying for extra sessions (if you are not eligible for the 30 hours).
  • Eligible parents can apply to receive the extended entitlement of 30 hours if they meet the criteria and apply through the digital childcare service, via Childcare Choices at

Will I qualify for 30 hours free childcare?

Parents of three and four-year-olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:

  • They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
  • This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c.£5,000 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
  • This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
  • The parent (and their parent where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
  • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, share parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
  • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
  • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
  • If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.

Who will not qualify for the free 30 hours?

A parent will not meet the criteria when:

  • Either parent has an income of more than £100,000.
  • Either parent is a non-EEA national and subject to immigration control (and has no recourse to public funds).

How do I apply for 30 hours?

You can apply online at