Duke Street Nursery School

"Our children and families are at the heart of everything that we do"




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 the term after your child's 3rd birthday, they will be eligible for 15 funded hours per week of early education for 38 weeks of the year (i.e. 570 hours). From September 2017 the Government doubled 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. To find out if you qualify for 30 hours please click HERE.



We follow Lancashire County Council's fixed criteria for Maintained Nursery Schools. Please click the link below to see the current criteria.

Lancashire County Council Criteria



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 and/or a meet and greet appointment 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. Please follow the link below to the application online process.

Primary School Applications