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 email you the details during the Summer Term before the September when your child is due to start nursery school.
Once the place is confirmed we will send you another email, telling you who your child's Key Person will be and information about how the school runs, and asking you to fill in 3 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.
- New starter information form: this is an online form which asks for things like your GP name and address, and emergency contact details. You can find it here:
- Permissions and consents form: another online form which asks for 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:
The next step is a Zoom meeting between you and your child's Key Person, where you start to get to know each other. An email will follow shortly after telling you the date of your child's first settling in day.
Around this time you will receive an email invitation to join Class Dojo, an online classroom we use to share stories, activities and things we have made.
Starting nursery school
The day of the first settling in day, you must bring your diary and your child’s birth certificate, passport or other formal identification document, and we will ask you to 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 will also agree the dates of 2 more settling in visits where you stay, and the date from which your child will stay by themselves.
Soon after your child starts you will 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.
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.