All 3 & 4 year old children are entitled to 570 hours of free early education. This is called Universal. In real terms this is 15 hours per week during 38 term time weeks. We expect that children entitled to this should take up their full entitlement.

Working parents may also be eligible for an additional 570 hours. This is called Extended or 30 hours. In real terms this is 30 hours per week over 38 term time weeks.
At Wilderness Nursery we offer standard term time nursery education or a stretched offering over 48 weeks per year. You may also choose to purchase additional sessions to cover your working hours or non-term time weeks.

Wilderness Nursery is open all year round, but closed for two weeks at Christmas and two weeks at the end of August.

When is my child eligible?

If birthday falls between   :               Entitled from
1 April - 31 August;                             September
1 September - 31 December;            January
1 January - 31 March;                        April

If you are interested in booking a place in our nursery, please complete an expression of interest form.  These can be obtained by coming into the school office or emailing here

Every 3 & 4 year old is entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education but some children are entitled to more.  We urge you to check your entitlement to 30 hour funding by visiting the government child care website: As part of our application process we will need to verify your entitlement.

We will acknowledge your application by letter.

Places in our nursery will be offered as and when they become available and at key points throughout the year (September, January and Easter).

Please be aware that when we are oversubscribed we will issue places in accordance to Oxfordshire County Council's nursery admission criteria.

Thank you for your interest.