Nursery and Reception including admissions

What does Maryland offer in terms of Early Years Provision?

  • Free part-time nursery education (15 hours per week) during school term time for local children aged 3 – 4 years

  • Limited free full-time nursery education places (30 hours per week) during school term time for eligible children aged 3 – 4 years

  • Support and expertise of Maryland Children’s Centre to ensure that you and your child is supported effectively during transition into nursery and reception 

  • Share mornings for parents to increase understanding of child development and the EYFS in nursery and reception

  • Join to Read sessions for parents to learn how to support their child’s reading at home in reception

  • A rich and exciting curriculum, with a strong focus on active, play based exploration to develop curiosity, critical thinking and a love of learning in nursery and reception

  • An award outdoor environment, including chickens in Cluckingham Palace and Nature’s Garden to promote the curriculum 

  • A caring team of experienced early years practitioners, who deliver activities to meet the needs of each individual child to nurture their interests


How do I apply for a nursery place?


If you would like to apply for a place on our waiting list please complete our ‘application for nursery form’ and then email it to . You will receive acknowledgement of receipt within 5 days of your submission.

We have limited 30 hour places for eligible families – if you are interested in applying for a place please complete the 30 hours interest form which is available from the school office.


How do I apply for a reception place?


Please contact pupil services by clicking this link . We do not direct these admissions – they are designated to us centrally via Newham pupil services. They will notify you directly if you have been given a place.

  Nursery brochure


I have been informed that my child has a place at Maryland, what happens next?


Each year, as part of the admission process during June and July we would normally organise home visits as well as invite families to attend the school. This not only allows families to familiarise themselves with the Maryland setting but they would also attend a welcome presentation delivered by the senior leadership team.  However due to Covid 19 we have had to change our usual arrangements.  We are now organising staggered admission meetings whilst keeping in-line with our risk assessment and government guidelines.  This year we will also be using our website to welcome our families.  Please see below:


        Powerpoint presentation


Welcome to Maryland School 2021  – Presentation to Parents – download here

 Maryland virtual school tour video


If your child has secured a place, you will need to download the following documents (if you attended a face-to-face admission meeting you will have been provided paper copies already):

You can also read Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance to see key developmental milestones that Maryland’s Early Years curriculum aims to help our children achieve.


What documents does the school need from me? How should I get these to the school and when?


You will need to ensure that the following documents are completed (click to download forms):

Maryland Admission Form (from reception – year 6) 

Maryland Admission Form (nursery) 

Maryland Privacy Notice for Pupils    

 Verification documents required

Home School Agreement 



In order to process these forms and personally welcome you ahead of your child’s start date you will have 2 options:


1. Bring the completed forms to a meeting with a member of the senior leadership team on the school premises.

2. Complete the forms digitally & scan verification documents and then send these to the school ahead of an organised virtual meeting using Google Meet (video call) with a member of the  senior leadership team (original copies of the ID will need to be provided to the school in September). 


Can I purchase uniform from the school?


Yes. If you would like to view uniform in person and/or would like to purchase – we are arranging for parents to visit the school with staggered timings so we ensure social distancing is in place.  If you are having a face-to-face admission you will be given the opportunity to view and purchase uniform then.