Admissions Policy

 

Aims

  • To provide the Evesham area with high quality nursery provision allocated in the fairest way possible according to sibling connections, date of birth and individual needs.
  • To provide the first step that a child will take towards a positive school experience which will foster a lifelong love of learning.
  • To arrange the admissions procedures in such a way as to help children to start down the learning pathway with the maximum of support and understanding in a way that caters for their individual needs.
  • To work together with our families to ensure the best possible experience for their child.

We will achieve these aims through:-

  • families being invited to register when their child is approaching two. They will be put on the School waiting list by date of birth order and invited to attend the next available Open Afternoon to look around the School and meet the staff.
  • offering 3 hour sessions from 30 to 11.30am and 12.30 to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday subject to requirements and changes due to demand.
  • available places will be allocated as and when they become available according to the stated admission criteria.
  • the school responds positively to any recommendations that come to us from health or social services.
  • a yearly intake with children starting in September and possible further intakes throughout the year according to demand and available spaces.
  • families will be initially contacted by telephone when offered places.
  • All classes may be funded using 2 year old and the 3 and 4 year old Nursery Education Funding. If a family is not in receipt of any Government funding then sessions are chargeable please see the School Administrator for the Remissions and Charging Policy for more details.
  • sessional choices will be discussed with families to reflect their wishes, our staffing ratios and the needs of the children and will be offered according to first or second choice requirements of the family.
  • an entitlement of families to have a ‘Home Visit’ prior to starting. This will not be repeated however if the family received a ‘Home Visit’ when the children enter through Willows.
  • inviting families to create a profile about their child on entry to our School which staff will draw from in order to get to know the children – this will go with the child into Chestnuts / Sycamores Classes to provide continuity of provision.
  • allocating each child a key worker/s.

 

 

Admissions Timetable

  • offered home visits will take place prior to entry.
  • After home visits an induction programme will follow to suit the needs of the child.
  • There will be an opportunity to attend a parents meeting prior to starting nursery dependant on parental demand. If there is insufficient demand then parents will be contacted personally to share relevant information.
  • If it is felt to be in the interest of that particular child to keep a reduced number of sessions or reduced session times, this will be negotiated between the Keyworker and the Parent/Carer.
  • Families are welcome to stay and support their child for as long as it is felt necessary by the family and the Keyworker and is helpful to the child.

Willows:-

  • admit children once they have reached their second birthday where spaces and session times are available by date of birth order. The oldest children being offered places first.
  • children are able to remain in Willows until there is availability in The Chestnuts and Sycamores Classes  and will move at the nearest possible opportunity, subject to availability. The Nursery Education Funding maybe used in Willows if necessary.

Chestnuts / Sycamores Classes:-

  • admitting children once they have reached their third birthday depending on availability at the start of every term.
  • offer places to children attending Willows first, siblings second and then after that the children will be admitted according to date of birth order.
  • will have a yearly intake with children starting in September and possible further intakes in January and April according to demand and available spaces.
  • may have additional hours to purchase, subject to availability.
  • offers families flexible use of their funding between the hours of 8.30am to 11.30 am and 12.30 to 3.30pm over the course of a week during term times only, although staff highly recommend that families choose a regular pattern of 5 mornings or 5 afternoons as children settle quicker and it supports development.
  • Lunch sessions can be booked between 11.30 to 12.30 pm and a charge will be made. Families have an option of bringing their own packed lunch or purchasing a meal made in the school.