Education for 3 Year Olds

All children are entitled to 15 hours of free early years/Foundation Stage 1 provision a week, from the term after they become three years old.

You can apply for a place online at or obtain an information booklet and application form from Schools with Nurseries, Libraries, Stockport Direct Centres, Clinics, Stopford House reception or Family Info Link.

At Meadowbank, Foundation Stage 1 age children can choose from one of the following options:

  • Beginning of the week place; Monday & Tuesday 8.55-3.20 and Wednesday morning 8.55-12.00 (2 ½ days)
  • End of the week place; Wednesday afternoon 12.15-3.20 and Thursday & Friday 8.55-3.20 (2 ½ days)

30 Hours Free Childcare Entitlement

In September 2017 the Government will increase the early years childcare entitlement to 30 hours. For more details and eligibility please go to 30 Hours Free Childcare page.

  • At Meadowbank, we offer a limited number of 30 hour places. Please see our admissions policy for further information.

For information about school admissions: Admissions Support and Advice Team, 0161 217 6028, email

At the beginning of September visits to school for Foundation Stage children will be arranged for both new children and their parents, so that the children can begin to settle into the department and make friendships. These visits will also give parents and the adults working within the department, time to discuss the individual needs of each child.

Applying for Primary School

To apply for a place in school for your child or for more information visit

Alternatively you can obtain a booklet and application form from Primary schools, Stockport Direct Centres, Libraries and Stopford House reception.

Children living within the school’s priority area are guaranteed a place at the school providing that an application is made within the deadlines specified by the Local Education Authority. Children from outside the priority area may be admitted if there are places after all priority children have been accepted. Parents have the right to appeal against a decision not to admit a child to the school of their choice.

Parents of prospective pupils are welcome to visit the school. It is usually better to make an appointment so that arrangements can be made for you to be shown around.

Children who attend our Nursery class do not automatically gain a place in the Reception class.

Parents of new intake children are invited to meet the staff, who will be involved in the teaching and care of their child, in the term prior to their child’s entry.

For help and advice contact the Admissions Support and Advice Team on 0161 217 6028, email

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