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Early Education and Childcare Places (EECP) for 3- and 4-Year-Olds in Wandsworth

Early Education and Childcare Places are available in Wandsworth for 15 hours per week in a number of different nurseries including local authority schools.

The place will allow your child to:

  • play with other children;

  • develop and learn with other children; and 

  • explore the physical environment.

Choosing Early Education in Wandsworth includes information on places in the state, voluntary and independent sector.

The closing date for applications for nursery places within a primary school in September 2018 is Friday 9 February 2018.

Find a nursery in Wandsworth

To find a Wandsworth nursery for your child please search using the links below. 

Nurseries in Balham

Nurseries in Battersea

Nurseries in Putney

Nurseries in Roehampton  

Nurseries in Southfields

Nurseries in Tooting

Nurseries in Wandsworth

To get a place: 

  • if your child currently attends a nursery or pre-school playgroup, ask the manager if they are registered to provide early education and childcare places.  If they are, you will be asked to sign a form confirming the hours your child attends. Places in a preschool, private or independent nursery are available in the school term after your child turns three.

  • if you would like your child to attend a maintained school nursery, please apply direct to the nurseries you would like them to attend.  Wandsworth local authority nursery schools and classes offer a 15 hour place for children from the September after their third birthday.

Your child can have a place starting in the September after they are three.   Applications need to be with the maintained nurseries you would like your child to attend by early February before the September you want them to start at the school. 

You can apply to as many nurseries as you wish, but should include the ones closest to where you live as these are where you are most likely to be offered a place.

Some schools may offer a January intake, parents should contact the schools direct to discuss this.

To find out more, you can download a copy of the brochure "Choosing Nursery Education in Wandsworth", or search the FIS directory for nurseries registered to provide places.


From September 2017 some children will be able to receive up to 30 hours of Education and Childcare Places. This will be providing their parents meet the eligibility criteria. The Government's current criteria requires all parents in the household to be working more than 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and up to a maximum salary of £100,000 a year per parent.

Not all childcare providers will be offering 30 hours in the borough of Wandsworth. Please keep checking the website for updates, as pilot schemes have started in September 2016 in other areas of the country. At the time of writing, information on the pilot schemes has not been published.


Useful telephone numbers

Family Information Service 020 8871 7899 

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