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Who is eligible to apply for a place at one of the three University nurseries?

  1. Staff of the University:
    • people listed on the monthly payroll with a formal contract of employment with the University
    • the University Farm
    • ADC Theatre
    • Cambridge Enterprise Ltd.
    • Judge Business School Executive Education Ltd
    • College Teaching Officers, employed in the position F/T
    • Legal Deposit Agency staff located in Cambridge
    • Other affiliated staff are not usually eligible unless there are exceptional circumstances
  2. Staff of Cambridge Assessment are eligible but have their own application process; please check the Family Friendly page on Insite or contact your local HR representative
  3. Active students of the University of Cambridge.
  4. Members of the Community (Eddington Nursery only).

Application process

  1. You are only able to submit an application form once your child has been born.
  2. You will need to complete and sign an application form and return it to the Childcare Office for processing. (Students will also need to have their tutor sign the form before returning it to this office).  We can accept electronic copies of the application form as long as an electronic signature is provided. Please note if you are sending your application form via Royal Mail, be sure to apply the correct value of stamp to ensure your form can be delivered.  You will need to purchase a "Large Letter" stamp if using an A4 envelope.
  3. When filling out your application form you will need to consider a number of things including your preferred booking pattern and start date. If you are unsure about specifics then please put down approximations. Changes can be made to your application at a later date via the Childcare Office.
  4. The following booking patterns apply to all nursery places:  You can request 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 full days a week; all 5 mornings or all 5 afternoons.  Nursery management need to fit your booking pattern with other applicants and placed children and will negotiate such details with you directly. 
  5. You are required to make a £10.00 (incl. VAT) payment when applying for a nursery place.  This must be paid using eSales at the following link:
  6. Once we have processed your application we will send you correspondence confirming that you are on the waiting list.
  7. For University Staff and Students, your position on the waiting list is determined by a points system, based on access criteria. More information can be found at Waiting List Management. The Childcare Office will not enter into discussion about points allocations.
  8. The Nursery Managers are responsible for the allocation of nursery places.
  9. You are entitled to remain on the waiting list for a University workplace nursery while your child attends one of the other University workplace nurseries. Your application will be treated the same as all other applications and NO priority will be given.
  10. No child may hold a place at more than one University workplace nursery.

Application Forms and Guidance