ADMISSION POLICY FOR COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY CONTROLLED NURSERY SCHOOLS AND CLASSES FROM SEPTEMBER, 2016/2017
i). Children in public care (looked after children) or those children at risk of becoming looked after;
ii). Children with statements of special educational needs (SEN) and those with exceptional /strong SEN reasons for attending a particular school/setting;
- exceptional/strong medical, social, welfare reasons (associated with the child and/or the family) for attending a particular school/setting;
iii). Children who will have a sibling in attendance at the time of their admission;
iv). Parents/carers who provide evidence of training/education at a local establishment, working locally or established local childcare arrangements (at the time of the child’s admission);
v). Those living nearest to the school/setting.
- In relation to i), ii), iii), iv) and v) parents must provide the necessary evidence and contact names/e-mail/telephone numbers with their application.
- for iv) siblings are defined as brothers, sisters, step brothers, step sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, adopted and fostered children living with the same family at the same address.
- In relation to vi) the distance from the home to nursery will be measured in a straight line (centre of building to Centre of building).
- Criterion vi) will be used as a tie break should there be oversubscription within any of the stated admission criteria.
In most cases, children will be admitted to the nursery school or class of the parents’ preference. Occasionally, however, a school or class will receive more applications than there are available places. Parents will be able to seek provision elsewhere and can also request that their child’s name be placed on a waiting list for places at their preferred school or class. Should places become available then these will be offered in accordance with the published admission criteria and not on a first come first served basis.
Where a single place remains at a setting and there are twins/triplets etc., or siblings born in the same year, then a random draw will decide the offer. Similarly if there is a single available place and there are two identical straight line measures then a random draw will decide the offer.