Nursery admissions are different from admissions in Reception to Year 6 because this is non-statutory education. The criteria for full-time nursery admissions are based on social welfare factors, including: -
Children in Public Care
Children With a statement of Educational Need or referred for a Statement to be prepared
Children for whom there are concerns about their physical, behavioural, developmental and emotional well-being (this will be the result of a specific assessment)
Children with disabilities
Children of parents with life threatening or severely disabling health conditions
The twin or sibling of a child already allocated a nursery place (subject to age restrictions)
You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take) if your child is 3 to 4 years old.
You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:
- In work - or getting parental leve, sick leave or annual leave
- each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week - this is £125.28 if you're over 25
Visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-tax-free-childcare to see if you are eligible.
For part-time nursery education the criteria is as follows:
If your child is 3 before the 1st September of the year they are due to start Nursery, you can apply for her/him to be admitted for a morning or afternoon part-time place. The Nursery caters for children in the year prior to compulsory education and can not accommodate children who turn three during the academic year.
Heathlands Nursery caters for approximately 52 part-time places, 26 in each session. However, once the places have been allocated, if there are any vacancies, full-time positions are offered following the criteria in the LEA guidelines. Nursery children attending full-time are offered the option of a hot school meal during lunchtime, which is free if parents/carers are in receipt of Income Support or Income based Job Seekers Allowance.
Applications are accepted for places until the cut off date which the LEA sets each year, this is usually around the middle of March. Although further applications are accepted after this date priority will be given to those received on time. Places are then allocated and the parents notified by the end of April.
Parents and carers are invited for an informal meeting during June to meet the Foundation Stage co-ordinator and teaching assistants, to receive all the necessary paperwork and information ready for their child to start nursery. All children receive a home visit by a member of the Nursery Team before starting Nursery. Children and their parents/carers are invited to attend a workshop during the second week of September where they will be able to see the type of activities that take place in the nursery. The starting dates for children are then staggered over the next three weeks.