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Balham Nursery School

Balham Nursery School is an outstanding provider of nursery education and is the oldest of the three state nursery schools in Wandsworth. The school was set up in the early thirties by members of the local community and others dedicated to the principles of nursery education. Our building in Endlesham Road was bought by public subscription and amongst those who made donations were the late Queen Mary, the then Major and Mrs Clement Attlee and Lady Megan Lloyd George. The school was officially opened on the 23rd May 1935 by Lady Astor, the first woman to become an MP.

As a Wandsworth maintained school we follow the admissions criteria and procedures in the publication Choosing Nursery Education in Wandsworth. This document is produced by Wandsworth Council and will be available in the Autumn Term. The local authority’s policy is to make provision for part time places (universal 15 hours) for 3-4 year olds and early education place (15 hours) for eligible 2 year olds.

Balham Nursery School has some full time places for 3-4 year olds eligible for the additional 15 hours (30 hour) offer.  Parents who are not eligible for the additional 15 hours may pay for a "top up" place.  Children who have their 3rd birthday in the Autumn Term (September to end December) may apply for an "early entry" place which parents can pay for prior to government funding being available from the January. 

The application form is available online at - info for parents.

The Balham Nursery Family

Who to contact

Contact Name
Hollie Pavlou
Contact Position
Senior Administrative Officer

Where to go

Balham Nursery School
72, Endlesham Road
SW12 8JL
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Buses: 155, 355 Underground:Balham Overground: Balham


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£120 Per week
2021-2022 fees for "Top Up" and "Early Entry"

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access

Has Provision
Please contact nursery to discuss wheelchair access requirements.

Special Needs

Has Provision
Please contact nursery to discuss other needs.

Dietary Needs

Please contact nursery to discuss specific dietary requirements.

Cultural Provisions

Has Provision
The nursery welcomes children from all backgrounds.


Places for 2 year olds at this nursery school are for those children eligible for an early education and childcare place. For further information and to check your eligibility please contact the Early Education Team on 020 8871 7899 (option 2). Once you have obtained the EECP code, please complete our online application form or contact the nursery on 020 8673 4055. Please telephone the school office to enquire about any immediate vacancies for 3-4 year olds.
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

Additional 15 Hours (30 Hour Offer)

3- and 4-year-old
For those eligible for the additional 15 hours (30 hour offer) for free nursery education, we are happy to offer this as a full-time place, term time only.

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Friday 9:00am 3:15pm

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Search for latest inspection report at Ofsted
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
03/06/2009EYR InspectionGood
20/01/2015EYR InspectionOutstanding
09/01/2018EYR InspectionOutstanding

Last updated: 21 Dec 2021