Admission to the Nursery Policy

Our setting will be open to all children and families. When you express an interest in your child attending our nursery, they will be placed on our waiting list. Three weeks into the term before they are due to start nursery, you will be contacted and asked which sessions you would like your child to attend. We aim to be as flexible as possible and we will do our best to give you the sessions you would like, however, this may not always be possible.

In the event of over-subscription, the following criteria will be considered:-

  • Children who are in public care.
  • Children living in the designated school area with a sibling who will be attending the school at the time of admission.
  • Other children living in the designated school area.
  • Children living outside the designated school area but with a sibling who will be attending the school at the time of admission.
  • Other children living outside the designated school area.

 

A child who has a Statement of Special Educational Needs where our nursery is named on the Statement will have precedence for a nursery place.

Should there be 2 children with equal criteria, but only one Nursery place available, then the child who lives nearest to school will be accepted.

Places will be allocated on the following dates, and you will be informed in writing whether you have been successful in obtaining a place or not.

January intake places: allocated on 1st October.

Easter intake places: allocated on 1st February.

September intake places: allocated at the end of the third week after the start of the Easter term (due to the flexible nature of the Easter holiday.)

Children will only be admitted into Nursery at the beginning of each term. Any child who applies will be placed on the waiting list and admitted at the beginning of the next term, following the above admission criteria.

Prior to a child’s attendance, the parents or carers must complete and sign the admission form, which will provide us with important information.

You will also be asked to complete a contract in which you agree to bring your child to Nursery for all of the agreed sessions, unless ill or on holiday. If your child does not attend the agreed sessions regularly without a notified reason, then your child’s place will be given to another child.

If your child fails to attend Nursery for all agreed sessions for 2 consecutive weeks, then a verbal warning will be issued to the parent/carer. If the child fails to attend for another week, then a written warning will be issued. If the child then does not attend for a further week, your child will be asked to leave and their place given to another child on the waiting list.