Children can start at Chelwood the term after their third birthday, starting in either September or January. Now that Lewisham has a single point of entry into primary schooling Chelwood’s main intake has become September each year, although places do become available at other times in the year.

Parents can view the admissions arrangements for Lewisham nursery schools on the council website by following the link below or by contacting the Council’s admissions team.

Lewisham admissions arrangements:

It is the Local Authority’s policy that children should attend for a minimum of three school terms, but we hope that children will attend for four or five terms where possible.

Places are offered in the Spring term for the following September intake.

Form further information about our admissions, you can read or download our Admissions policy here:

Our offer

Chelwood Nursery School offers places to children aged between 2 and 5 years of age on either a part time or full-time basis. We are a local authority maintained nursery school and places are offered to different age groups using different criteria.

Our offer to 2 year olds

Our two-year-olds are welcomed into our ‘Garden room’ provision, which is a nurture space, carefully designed to support the developmental needs of these very young children. As they develop in confidence, they will gradually explore our wider school learning environment, supported by their ‘key person’.

Our offer to two-year-olds is 15 hours per week, taken as either 5 mornings or 5 afternoons.

In a large setting such as ours, we have found that a daily 3-hour session best meets the developmental needs of two-year-olds and therefore we do not currently offer additional hours to two-year olds.

Our offer to 3 & 4 year olds

Our offer is based around the government’s free 15 and 30 hour funding for three and four-year- olds, with parents able to pay for ‘additional’ hours over and above those free hours provided by the government.

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours free “Universal’ childcare a year. In addition to this working parents are entitled to a further 15 hours “extended’ childcare. For further information about eligibility and to apply visit

15 hours free

We offer 15 hours as either 5 mornings (9:00 – 12:00) or 5 afternoons per week (12:30 – 15:30). Our offer is across five days (Monday – Friday) and we are not able to mix mornings and afternoons. If we have space, you can pay for additional hours so your child stays for lunch.

30 hours free

Our ‘full time’ offer incorporates 30 free hours as 9:00 – 15:30 Monday to Thursday and 9:00 – 13:00 on a Friday. Parents are then able to extend their child’s place with ‘paid hours’ charged at the rate set out in our scale of fees.

Children in a full-time place are offered a two-course hot dinner (currently £2.30 per day) as part of their provision. The governments 30-hour funding does not cover the cost of lunches which will need to be paid for separately. We do not allow children to bring their own lunches due to the fact that we have children with severe allergies.

For parents who are not eligible for the governments free 30 hours, but who wish their child to be full time should speak to the school office about paying for additional hours for a full-time place.

NB: ‘Rising-threes’ will only be eligible for free funding from the term after their 3rd birthday, so will be a ‘paid hours place’ for the first term.