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Nursery School Admissions

Bishops Down Primary School has an excellent Nursery facility for children aged 3-4 Years old.   We are very proud of our maintained nursery and, we believe, we offer our children the best start possible.  

The Nursery provides a stimulating, exciting, secure and friendly learning environment where each child's contribution is valued. We aim to give each child a sense of achievment and success. Through practical activity children broaden their growing understanding of the world.

If you would like a tour of our Nursery please phone the school to make an appointment with our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Sheldon. 

What are the criteria for entry into the Nursery?
In the event that the Nursery is oversubscribed, pupils will be offered places in the following order:
1. Children who have been offered places in the school’s reception class who will be starting in reception in January.
2. Health and Special Access reasons. These places are for children who have a permanent, severe and/or complex physical disability or serious medical condition that causes a level of independent mobility or self-care that restricts/prevents an alternative placement.
3. Children in Local Authority Care.
4. Current family association or siblings.
5. Nearness of child's home to the school (as the crow flies).
We do not take account of the following:
• How long your child has been registered with the Nursery school.
• Any previous association you or your family may have with this school.
• How long or short a time you have lived in this area.

When can my child start at the Nursery?
We admit children 6 times per year, at the beginning of each short term.  If your child is born between 1st January and 31st March  they can start nursery either after the February half term (if they have turned 3 already) or after the Easter holidays.  If your child is born between 1st April and 31st August they can start Nursery either after the May half term (if they have turned 3 already) or in September.  If your child is born between 1st September and 31st December they can start nursery either after the October half term (if they have turned 3 already) or in January.

What is my child’s free entitlement?
Your child is entitled to up to 15 hours of free pre-school provision.

How long are the Nursery sessions and what sessions can my child attend?              Sessions last for 3 hours and you can choose to use sessions flexibly depending on availability at the time. You can have either mornings or afternoons or alternatively have a mix of full days and half days. However, we can only offer 16 places each day to children attending for the full day. 

How many sessions are we expected to use?
You may choose a minimum of 3 sessions in the first short term rising to 5 sessions per week after that. We would expect children to be attending for 5 sessions unless there are exceptional circumstances that prevent this.

Can I pay the school for additional sessions above the 15 hours of free provision?
Yes you can.   If your child is already using all their entitlement of 15 hours you are able to buy 2 extra sessions per week.  You can do this on a termly basis paying in advance for the same sessions each week to guarantee them or you can book extra sessions on an ad hoc basis as and when you need them.    Extra sessions are only available if the nursery is not full and they are available.   Termly sessions need to be booked each term so that new children are not disadvantaged.

How do sessions get allocated?
Sessions are allocated on a first come first served basis once parents are offered places. Parents will be asked to submit a request using the form provided at the time. Informal requests will not receive priority. Sessions will then be allocated by school staff and offered to you. The school cannot guarantee that you will be offered all your choices as that will depend on sessions already taken up by existing children.

What about lunch?
We offer up to 26 places for children to stay for lunch.   Children can have either a school lunch or bring in their own packed lunch. A school lunch is £2.00 per day. If your child is only staying for a morning or an afternoon session,  and you wish to tag on lunch, you will be charged a staffing cost of £3.00. However, if your child is staying for the whole day you will not be charged the staffing cost.

Do you have any extra care?
We have a breakfast club, lunch club and after school club should you need them. We do not encourage parents to use the after school club if children have already been in school for the whole day.

How do I apply for a place?
Please complete a registration form which is available either from the school office or via this link.  Registration Form for Nursery.

When are the deadlines for applications?
All applications for places must be received by the end of the school day before the half term holiday that is two short terms in advance of your child starting e.g. prior to the Easter holidays ready for September. Applications after that will be treated as late applications. Late applications will only be considered after all other applications meeting the criteria set out above.

When will we find out if my child has a place?
You will be informed whether your child has a place in writing approximately 3 months prior to your child starting.

Can I book a tour of the Nursery?
Yes of course.  Please telephone the school office on 01892 520114 to book a private tour.  Please look at the admissions tab to see if any pre-planned tours have been arranged.


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