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Reception Admissions September 2023

The final closing date for Reception admissions for entry in September 2023 was 15 January 2023.

If you applied online and provided an email address, you will be emailed on 17 April 2023 to tell you which primary school your child has been offered. Birmingham city council cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email as this depends on your service provider. However, they expect you to receive your offer email by 4pm on Monday 17 April 2023.

They will also send you a formal offer letter that will be posted by 1st class post on Monday 17 April 2023. Please allow at least three working days for your letter to arrive.

The offer letter will explain how to accept or refuse the offer that has been made.

Please do not contact Birmingham City Council before you receive the notification of your child's school place. The School Admissions team will be unable to inform you by telephone what primary school has been offered to your child until Wednesday 19 April 2023.

Accepting the Place Offered 

The formal offer letter will explain how to accept or refuse the offer that has been made:

The deadline for acceptances is 2 May 2023.

You are strongly encouraged to accept the offer so your child has a guaranteed place for September.

If you do not accept the place that has been offered to your child by 2 May 2023, the offer will be withdrawn and may be given to a child on the waiting list for that school.

Accepting the offer will not affect your child's waiting list position for any of your higher preference schools or influence the outcome of any appeal you may submit.

Nursery Admissions

30 hours' free childcare entitlement for working parents

Currently, all 3 to 4-year-olds are eligible for 15 hours' free early education per week. This is a universal entitlement, for all children.

From September 2017, all 3 to 4-year-olds of working parents will be eligible for an additional 15 hours' early education per week.

The 30 hours entitlement is intended to support working parents with childcare costs and enable them to return to work or work additional hours.

This and more information on the entitlement is set out in a Department for Education (DfE) policy statement: (see link below).


The additional 15 hours' free childcare is only available for working parents of children aged 3 to 4 years old.

Page 8 of the DfE policy statement says that households will be eligible for the additional free entitlement where:

  • Both parents are working, or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family (this includes self-employed parents and those on zero hours contracts)
  • Each parent earns:
    • On average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage, and
    • Less than £100,000 per year

The additional 15 hours' free childcare is only available for working parents of children aged 3 to 4 years old

When at least one parent in a household has income of £100,000 or more, that family will not be eligible to take up the extra free hours.

A DfE representative confirmed that this refers to each parent earning less than £100,000 per year rather than a combined income of less than £100,000 per year.

Special circumstances

Though two-parent families where one parent does not work (or neither works) will not usually be eligible for the extra 15 hours, there are some exceptions. These are likely to be where:

  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily on maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily on statutory sick pay
  • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
  • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits

How parents can apply

Current arrangements

To apply for free childcare parents should use the calculator to work out what childcare support they are eligible for: (see link below).

New online application form

Working parents will be able to apply for the extended childcare entitlement and tax-free childcare at the same time by submitting an application though the GOV.UK website.

Please follow the link below to apply