Nursery Places for 3-4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to a maximum of 570 hours of free childcare a year (15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year).

Free childcare is an opportunity for your child to play and learn in a quality environment that will help to extend their skills and experiences, develop their confidence and prepare them for school.

Childcare providers offer various models of flexibility when delivering free childcare/ early education. You will need to check directly with your preferred provider if they can offer the attendance pattern that you require for your child.

Click here for more information on applying for nursey places.

Starting Primary School

Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. This means they'll turn 5 during their first school year. For example, if your child's fourth birthday is between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024 they will usually start school in September 2024.

You must apply for a primary school place a year before. Applications open in September and close on 15 January. Your child will be 3 or have just turned 4 when you apply.

Click here for more information on how to apply for child’s primary school place.

For a list of Sandwell Primary Schools click here.

Starting Secondary School

The deadline for applying for a secondary school place is 31st October.

For more information on how to apply for child’s secondary school place click here.

For a list of Sandwell Secondary Schools click here

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