Nursery Admission Policy
Lyne and Longcross Nursery
It is our intention to make our setting 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 setting through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.
EYFS key themes and commitments
A Unique Child
Learning and Development
1.2 Inclusive practice
2.1 Respecting each other
3.3 The learning environment
3.4 The wider environment
- We ensure that the existence of our setting is widely advertised in places accessible to all sections of the community.
- We ensure that information about our setting is accessible, in written and spoken form and, where appropriate, in more than one language. Where necessary, we will try to provide information in Braille, or through British Sign Language. We will provide translated written materials where language needs of families suggest this is required and, if possible, access to an interpreter if needed.
- The Nursery will accept children from the age of 2 years.
- Children who are in the Caterpillar group, must attend a minimum of 2 sessions on separate days.
- Children who are in the Butterfly group, must attend a minimum of:
- 1 Forest School Session
- 2 Sessions in the Nursery on separate days. Any PM session must be accompanied by an AM Session. This does not apply to additional sessions booked at a later date, and are subject to availability.
- All children over 2 will start at the beginning of a school term. However if a child is not yet 2, a holding fee will be required to secure their place; Which will be the equivalent of 2 afternoon sessions at the current rate.
- Parents will be informed as to whether their child has a place to start by the end of April for the following September.
- Parents of children already attending the Nursery have first choice of sessions, including choosing additional sessions, before these are offered to our new parents.
- The Nursery will admit 30 places for pre-schoolers (children who will start Reception Class the following September) in any one year. The Nursery reserves the right to increase this number according to uptake of sessions by younger children (2 to 3 years).
- It is at the Nursery’s discretion to offer places to children whose parents work in Lyne and Longcross School and Nursery. This will be decided by a panel consisting of the Nursery Leadership Team, the Headteacher and one Governor.
- The Nursery admissions policy is based around that of the School:
- Siblings of children at Lyne and Longcross School/Nursery at the time of the Nursery admission procedure (usually Spring Term),
- Children living in the parish of Lyne and going to Holy Trinity Church,
- Children living in the parish of Lyne,
- Children living outside the parish and going to Holy Trinity Church,
- Children living outside the parish and going to a church in another parish,
- Children from families who have shown long term commitment and support to the school,
- Others on the waiting list.
- We keep a place vacant, if this is financially viable, to accommodate an emergency admission.
- We describe our setting and its practices in terms that make it clear that it welcomes fathers, mothers, other relations and other carers, including childminders.
- We describe our setting and its practices in terms of how it treats each child and their family, having regard to their needs arising from their gender, special educational needs, disabilities, social background, religion, and ethnicity or from English being a newly acquired additional language.
- We describe our setting and its practices in terms of how it enables children and/or parents with disabilities to take part in the life of the setting.
- We monitor the gender and ethnic background of children joining the group to ensure that our intake is representative of social diversity.
- We make our Equal Opportunities Policy widely known.
- We consult with families about the opening times of the setting to ensure we accommodate a broad range of family need.
- We are flexible about attendance patterns to accommodate the needs of individual children and families, providing these are in accordance with the above policy.