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Who is eligible to apply

  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.

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 only accept original copies of the application form.
  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. Some restrictions apply on booking patterns.
    1. For staff applicants certain restrictions apply, which are essential to optimise nursery occupancy and keep fees to a minimum. You can request 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 full days a week; 5 mornings or 5 afternoons a week only.
    2. Booking patterns for students can be less restrictive as we attempt to be flexible around your studying needs. However, as a student you are advised that it may not always be possible to meet particular booking requirements. 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. 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.
  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 the other University workplace nursery.  Your application will be treated the same as all other applications and NO priority will be given.

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