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Admissions Policy


Statement of intent:
It is our intention to make our pre-school accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community.

We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the pre-school through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.

Methods :
In order to achieve this aim, we operate the following admissions policy.

  • We arrange our waiting list in birth order. In addition, our policy may take into account the following:
  • Siblings already attending the pre-school.
  • Length of time on the waiting list
  • Priority is given to Nannery contract and the hours that have been undertaken
  • The pre-school is open to every family in the community.
  • Children are admitted when they reach the term after their third birthday, dependent upon the availability of space, and readiness of the individual child to stay happily within the group. A child can remain with us until the term before his or her 5th birthday. The preschool aims to support the child care needs of its staff where possible. Therefore staff of the preschool whose children are over 2 years old may enrol them so long as this does not interfere with the effectiveness of the member of staff in the running of the sessions.
  • Due to the school admissions policy of all children starting school in the year that they are 5, most children start with us during the autumn term. We are unable to keep places open for those children who have either a spring or summer birthday. However, they are given priority should places become available and usually can have the sessions of their choice in the following autumn term.
  • Children may attend The Nannery for between 3 – 5 sessions per week. Only in exceptional circumstances will we admit a child for only one session per week. Additional sessions are available through the Nannery contract.
  • We welcome children regardless of their gender, special educational needs, disabilities, background, religion, ethnicity or competence in spoken English. We will liaise fully with parents and professionals to ensure that it would be in the child’s best interests to attend the group.
  • Parents/carers are encouraged to visit with their child shortly before admission is due, and should be prepared to stay with their child if necessary for the first session or two. We operate a flexible admissions procedure and where appropriate a child may attend for brief periods at first; gradually building up to a full session.
  • Grants are available for children who are already 3 and 4 years old. We will inform parents if they are eligible. (Grant available term after the child is 3).
  • If a child is to leave our setting before moving on to school or to reduce the number of sessions attended, parents must give at least six weeks notice of the leaving date in writing. Fees will be payable (or grant claimed by us), until that date.