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The nursery settings in Luton can be split into day nurseries and maintained nursery schools.

This page gives you a short overview of nursery settings in Luton, information on the early learning funded places and how to find out about your local nursery settings.​

​Nurseries provide care and education for children under 5 years old; some nurseries will care for children from six weeks old

They are run by various organisations, including:

  • the council (known as maintained nursery schools)
  • community groups - often managed by 'not for profit' organisations
  • private or independent businesses
  • workplaces - these tend to be linked to employers who offer the places to children of staff

What do nurseries offer?

  • Care and education for children under five years
  • Some offer out-of-school care for children from five to eleven
  • Normally open 50 weeks a year - full or part time places available
  • Ofsted registered

Ofsted inspection reports

You can read inspection reports for nurseries by searching for the provider of your choice on the Ofsted website.

Search Ofsted inspection reports

Free nursery places

Time for 2s: provides eligible children with 15 hours a week of free childcare. For more information and to apply visit our Time for 2s​ page.

From the term after their third birthday, all three and four year olds in Luton are entitled to 15 hours of free early learning and childcare.

Find out more

How to apply for a nursery place

To apply for a nursery place, please contact the provider of your choice directly. They will be able to advise you if they have spaces available, and of their admissions policy​.

Nurseries in Luton

Find nurseries in Luton in our Family Directory.


Maintained nursery schools in Luton

Find information on the maintained nursery schools in Luton ​


Personalised childcare information

Get a list of childcare providers tailored to your individual needs from Luton Family Information Service.



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