Nursery Admissions

Nursery Admissions

Little Heath Nursery provides a safe and stimulating environment which enables each child individually to develop to their full potential. Through observation by all staff, we plan and provide high quality care using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

In June 2017 we moved into our Foundation Unit. The building is cedar clad with large windows to the front and rear.  The interior colours have been chosen carefully to support the sensory needs of the children and careful consideration has been given to the layout of the rooms to ensure the environment and provision supports learning. Our new building is designed to allow Nursery and Reception children to move freely between classrooms. The areas have been carefully planned to provide learning opportunities for all the children’s development stages within the EYFS. Our building is designed to support imaginative play and creative learning with natural materials.  We have an extensive outdoor area which complements indoor learning although both are equally important.

As a parent or carer you are kept fully informed of your child’s progress through their personal learning journal which gives you access to photographs and observations made throughout the day.  You also have access to daily contact with the class teacher to allow you to discuss your child’s progress on a 1-2-1 basis.

We welcome all visitors to our Nursery.  Please contact the school to make an appointment.

What We Offer

Little Heath Primary School offers up to 30 hours of child care and from October 2017 this will be available 48 weeks of the year.  This offer is made for children in the September after they turn three.  If places are available we may take children in the term after they turn three.  We have 30 places available in our Nursery.

All parents are entitled to 15 hours of free child care and can buy additional hours for their child at £5.50 per hour.  Some children will be entitled to 30 hours of free child care. The nursery operates from 8.45am until 3.00pm.  If a child is staying all day, parents will need to provide them with a packed lunch or they may purchase a school lunch.

What am I Entitled to?

All children, who are three or four years old are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare. Some children may be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare. To be eligible you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months;
  • this equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c.£5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old;
  • this applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on a zero hours contract;
    The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work;
  • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave;
  • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work;
  • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months;
  • Either parent has an income of not more than £100,000

If a non-EEA (European economic area) national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.

Can I look around the Nursery?

Visits to the nursery are warmly encouraged.  Viewings can be made from October onwards.  Please call the office to find out when viewings are taking place.

How do I apply?

Click on the link below for a Nursery Application Form. Complete the form and hand it in to the school office

Nursery Application Form (Not currently available – we are hoping to have this available soon).  Paper copies are available from the school office.

When do I apply?

Applications for September 2018 can be made between 1st February 2018 and 16th March 2018.

After this time, applications will be classed as late applications and will be looked at after other applications have been considered.

How Applications are considered?

Once the closing date has arrived, we will then consider all the applications made. If there are less than 30 applications made, all offers will be made. If we receive more applications, then the following criteria will be applied.

  1. Does your child have an EHCP
  2. Is your child a looked after child (or previously look after)?
  3. Does your child have any medical or social reasons why Little Heath is the school they should go to?
  4. Does your child have a sibling in the school?
  5. Does one or more of the parents work in the school?
  6. The distance you live from the school

To be eligible for criteria 1-3, further documents will be required at the point of application.  If these are not sent in with the application form, the criteria will not be considered.

How will distances be measured?

We will use the following online distance measuring tool to calculate the straight line distance from your house to the school

www.daftlogic.com/projects-google-maps-distance-calculator.htm

When will offers be made?

Offers will be made in the week beginning 23rd April.  Parents will have until 4th May to accept or reject the offer