Applying for a nursery place

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.

To apply for a place at Chelwood parents or carers are asked to visit the school around the child’s second birthday, to complete an application form.  Applications can be made any time between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm, no appointment is necessary. Alternatively you can download the application form below, complete it and return to or to the school office.

EYFS-0118-A001_Application for Admission to a Nursery Class in a School or Nursery School

Visiting the school

Parents wishing to view the school prior to application should contact the school to arrange to visit on one of our guided visits.  Please call us  on 020 7639 2514 or email:

Lewisham’s determined admissions policy including nursery schools

Determined Admissions Policy 19-20

Appeals- there is no formal process for admission to the Council’s nursery schools

Lewisham SEND local offer

Further information can be found in our charging policy