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These facilities are run by the Local Authority and may be either nursery classes attached to primary schools or separate, self-contained nursery schools. Places are funded through the Early Years Funding scheme. Children can start an LA nursery from the beginning of the school term after their 3rd birthday. However, this depends on vacancies: there is no automatic right of admission and children living in the nursery catchment area will have priority for places.

LA nurseries operate during state school terms. There are often waiting lists in operation. If you are interested in sending your child to an LA nursery you should contact individual nurseries directly.

There are five self-contained LA nursery schools in the Cambridge area. These are:

For a list of primary schools with nursery classes, go to the Cambridgeshire County Council's Schools and Colleges homepage.