Duke Street Nursery School

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Duke Street Nursery School is a Lancashire County Council maintained nursery and as such, admission arrangements are decided by Lancashire Council Councils admission criteria.

Children can attend Duke Street Nursery School from the age of 2. However it is wise to note that funding for 2 year old's (if eligible) can only be claimed from the start of the *Term after your child's 2nd birthday, this also applies to 3 year old children. You can place your child's name on a waiting list by completing an application form and returning it into Nursery along with a copy your child’s birth certificate. You can call in and collect a form from the Nursery, where you can speak to staff and perhaps have a look around. Or you can download your own form by clicking the link below. 


You can find out more about Nursery School places in the local area at www.lancashire.gov.uk/childcare.

*For information: Terms start September, January and April each year.


From September 2017 the Government is doubling the amount of free childcare for eligible working parents of three and four year olds from 15 hours per week to 30 hours per week. The current free entitlement for all 3 and 4 years olds will continue to be 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year (i.e. 570 hours).

To find out how we offer the 30 hours childcare at Duke Street Nursery please contact the Nursery office and speak to Lynne, who will be able to talk you through it in detail.



 Places are allocated according to the following criteria, in priority order if we are oversubscribed:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) or those children at risk of becoming looked after.
  2. Children with statements for special educational needs (SEN) and those with exceptional/strong SEN reasons for attending a particular school/setting.
  3. Exceptional/strong medical, social, welfare reasons for attending a particulare school.
  4. Children who will have a sibling in attendance at the time of their admission.
  5. Parents/carers who provide evidence of training/education at a local establishment, working locally or established local childcare arrangements.
  6. Those living nearest the school/setting. 



The admission panel meets in May to allocate places for the September intake, October to allocate places for the January intake, and February to allocate places for the April intake.

All the children receive a home visit with their Family Worker, then a phased admission programme begins to admit the children and work with both child and parent during the settling period. 


If you need assistance doing your primary school application, Gemma in the admin team will be able to help. Simply pop by the nursery office and book a time slot with her to sit down and work through the application together.