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 are fostered under an arrangement made by the Local Authority
- with known disabilities, additional needs, or social problems (referred from another agency)
- who are the oldest and who are living closest to the Nursery Schools
- who are not attending another early years setting
- who have siblings who used to come to the Nursery Schools
- whose parent(s) work at state-funded schools in the London Borough of Waltham Forest
- who receive Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 2 year old funding or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
If we offer your child a place
If we offer your child a place in one of our schools we will arrange for you to come in to complete the admissions process.
The Admin Team will fill out a Pink Admissions Form with you, asking for information that will help us take the best care of your child.
- your child’s birth certificate, passport or other formal identification document
- the contact details of people who we can contact in case of emergency
- the name and address of your child's doctor
- your Red Book
- for eligible 2 year olds, please also bring your eligibility code if we don't already have it, and your letter/email
- for 30 hour 3 to 4 year old places, please also bring your eligibility code if we don't already have it.
We hope that you will be able to attend our Visiting Day often before your child starts school.
Once you have accepted a place you must complete the following 3 visits before your child can take up that place.
At one of these visits you will meet your child’s Key Person, fill in a white form with information about your child's day to day development and needs, discuss how the school operates, and receive your Welcome Pack and the government’s guide to the Early Years Curriculum, What to Expect When? A Parent’s Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Key Person may visit your home for one of these visits.
Explore the school, talk to staff and play. Please bring your diary so we can arrange your second and third visits.
Explore the school, talk to staff and play.
Explore the school, talk to staff and play. Agree your child's starting date before you leave.
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.