Admissions and settling in
How do the schools allocate places?
If there are not enough spaces to admit all of the children on the Waiting List who want a place, we will give priority to children:
- who are in public care or who are fostered under an arrangement made by the Local Authority
- are in receipt of Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 2 year olds funding or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
- with known disabilities, additional needs, or social problems (referred from another agency)
- whose parent/carer has a medical condition affecting mobility and this is the closest setting to the family home or place of long-term medical treatment.
- have turned three whilst attending as 2 Year olds
- who have had siblings who previously attended the Nursery Schools
- whose parent(s) work at state funded schools within half a mile of each school
- who are the oldest and who are living closest to the Nursery Schools
- who are not attending another early years setting
If we offer your child a place
We contact everyone on our waiting list the Easter before the September when most children will start nursery school. Once we have worked out what places everyone wants, we send offer emails.
Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts so that our emails don't get lost in your junk mail.
Once your child's place is confirmed we will send you another email with information about how the school runs, and asking you to fill in 2 forms:
- The Key Person Form which you fill in and email back to us and your key person. If you can’t fill it in digitally, print it out and drop it off to school. If you can't print it out, ask us for a hard copy.
- The Admissions form: this is an online form which asks for things like your GP name and address, and emergency contact details, as well as asking your permission for things like taking your child on outings such as going to the local park, taking their photo or taking them to hospital in the unlikely event of an emergency. You can find it here:
Around this time you will also receive an email invitation to join Class Dojo, an online classroom which we use to share stories, activities and things we have made.
Settling in visits
All children have 3 settling in visits before they can start nursery school.
When you have filled in both forms we will send you an email telling you who your child's Key Person will be and inviting you and your child to your first settling in visit, where:
- We ask you to check and sign 2 forms:
- the formal declaration which allows us to receive the money to pay for your child's education
- a printed copy of the information you have given us. We will ask you to check and, if necessary, correct the form at this point
- We agree the dates of 2 more settling in visits where you stay, and the date from which your child will stay by themselves, their Start Date.
- You will meet your child's Key Person and start to get to know each other.
Please bring your diary and your child’s birth certificate, passport or other formal identification document to this visit.
At one of your visits you will receive your Welcome Pack.
2 year olds do all 3 of their visits in the days before they start; most 3 year olds do 2 visits in the summer term and 1 in early September; most 3 year olds who are going to be staying for long days do all 3 visits in the summer term.
Who starts when?
2 year olds who have been offered a place can start the term after their 2nd birthday, as soon as we have a place. We cannot take a child before they are 2.
The majority of 3 year olds start at the beginning of the Autumn Term, when we have a phased admission, with several new children starting each day.
The earliest start dates are given to children of working parents and children with disabilities or other additional needs.
Tired and tearful?
‘Separation anxiety is a healthy and protective emotion. It is the child’s way of saying “You are my safe base and I need to develop trust and confidence in alternate carers.” (Early Education, Eleanor Mearns) This may last six weeks or more, during which time it is usual for children to cry, or for them to be fine at first and cry later on as they get tired and the routine settles.
You may also see a change in your child’s behaviour. This is a communication strategy, and will change back over time with consistent reassurance and positive messages from you about nursery.
We are here to support you. Please talk to us with any questions or concerns you have, and we will feed back to you if we have concerns or need your help. Our team are experts in this process and will work in partnership with you to ensure your child loves nursery school.
2 year olds who are not confident using the toilet should bring their own nappies in a bag which contains nappies, wipes and a change of clothes. The bag lives on their peg. The nappies and wipes will be taken out and put in a box in the Nappy Change area that is labelled with their name. All qualified staff change nappies, following the procedure which is displayed in the Nappy Change areas. This procedure is designed to make sure that nappy changing is relaxed and is a time to promote independence in young children. We work with parents to help their children achieve using the toilet when children exhibit signs that they are ready.
Once your child has settled in, if they do not attend regularly the Executive Head Teacher will write to you to arrange a meeting to talk about why their attendance is low. If your child still doesn't attend regularly, their place may be offered to another child.