Welcome to Gloucestershire - useful information

All children under the age of 18 must be enrolled in school. Your Sponsor should help you to apply for a school for your children.

Gloucestershire County Council has an online tool for helping you find your nearest school. While every effort will be made to place your child at the nearest school, in some instances this might not be possible.

You can access the school finder at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/find-a-school/. If the only school place available is too far from your home, the council will pay for or provide transport for your children to get them to the school where a space is available.

There is information about applying for a school place at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-admissions/applying-for-a-school-place-during-the-school-year/

You will need to complete a form and apply to the school directly. The form is available at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/media/2109300/in-year-application-form.pdf  

Your child may also be entitled to free school meals. There is more information about school meals and transport to schools at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-transport-and-free-school-meals 

Contact details for Gloucestershire County Council School admissions email addresses: school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk


If you need help buying school uniform, please talk to your school, the uniform grant is now controlled by the individual schools.

More in-depth info on education can be found in the government welcome pack.


Finding childcare, antenatal care and parent support groups 

All children in Gloucestershire who are aged between 3 and 4 years are entitled to free childcare hours at registered childminders. Some 2-year-olds are also entitled to free childcare depending on your financial situation.

You can find out more information by contacting the Gloucestershire Family Information Service on 01452 427362 / familyinfo@gloucestershire.gov.uk or go to www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk. 

The Glos Families directory “Information for Families” section is a really useful resource for both parents and young people, there are lots of links to helpful services and organisations https://www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk/kb5/gloucs/glosfamilies/family.page?familychannel=1

For ante-natal and post-natal support and access to children’s health visitors, family centered community groups and children’s playgroups, contact the Gloucestershire Health Visitor Team at https://ghc.nhs.uk/our-teams-and-services/health-visiting/  or call one of their district centres.

Gloucester – 01452 895235

Cheltenham: 0300 421 6486

Cotswolds: 0300 421 6952

Tewkesbury: 0300 421 6166

Stroud: 0300 421 8967

Forest of Dean: 0300 421 8746

Page updated: 06/06/2022 Page updated by: Communications Team

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