How do I find a nursery place?

A nursery school is for children from the age of two.
There are three nursery schools in the Bolton:
  • Alexandra 
  • Grosvenor
  • The Orchards
The schools directory provides contact details of nursery schools and nursery classes as well as all other schools in Bolton..

How are nursery places allocated?

The Head Teacher allocates places as they become available, primarily on the age of the children. Head Teachers may also take into account medical factors or serious social deprivation; which should normally be supported by independent evidence. 
Having a place in a nursery class doesn’t automatically give a child admission to the primary school it is attached to.

Special needs provision in nursery schools

Resourced nursery schools

There are two resourced nursery schools in Bolton that have places for children with additional needs:
  • Grosvenor Nursery offers eight full-time places for children who have a developmental delay across a range of areas.
  • Alexandra Nursery offers eight part-time places for children who have delayed speech, language and communication skills.
Both nurseries have teachers and nursery nurses with specialist knowledge.  They also have specialist play equipment.
Thomasson Memorial has places for children who have a hearing impairment.

Nursery Classes within fully inclusive schools

There are five fully inclusive primary schools, fully accessible and with therapy rooms:  

  • Blackshaw
  • The Gates
  • Queensbridge
  • Castle Hill
  • The Valley
Each school offers one nursery place annually for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties, or severe learning difficulties.  The child will take part in all school activities.
Ofsted is changing the way it inspects and reports on schools.