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  Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery ADMISSIONS POLICY (NURSERY) Please note there is a separate admissions policy for Dunchurch Infant School, and a separate admissions policy for Owls Club (wrap around care) For further information please contact the school office. Policy Date: Approval Date: Review Date: May 2014 16th May 2014 May 2020 Author: Approved by: Current Version: Natalie Herbert Full Governing Body 5

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Dunchurch Nursery is a co-educational nursery for 3 and 4 year olds. We aim to be a happy inclusive nursery and welcome all pre-school children, regardless of which school they hope to attend. Children can be admitted at the start of the term in which they turn 3 years old (referred to as "rising threes"). However, if a child turns 3 in the School holidays (Summer, Christmas or Easter), then they cannot be considered until the following term. With all applications, staff must see a copy of the child's birth certificate. The nursery will admit up to 48 children to any one session, with 24 children in each room. There are ten 3hour sessions: Monday to Friday, morning and afternoon. Children must attend a minimum of 3 sessions per week. An extra 2 spaces may be available should funds be released for children with special needs. Each application for a place for a pupil with special needs will be looked at in terms of the needs of the pupil and a Health & Safety risk assessment. These places can only be given to pupils where the Nursery is able to support the pupil’s need. Admission of Pupils and Nursery Education Funding Places are to be allocated and confirmed via written communication 2 terms in advance of the requested start date. When the nursery is at full capacity, then registrations must be received by the Nursery no later than the specific cut off date, as per the table below: Requested start date Autumn Term (September) Spring Term (January) Summer Term (April) Last day for submission of Registration Forms (of the previous academic year) 1st December 1st March 1st July The nursery operates during school hours and registration forms are considered on a term by term basis. We endeavour to give 2 term’s notice before your child is due to start nursery, when informing you of confirmation of sessions. The basis of charging is in line with the Code of Practice on the Provision of free Nursery Education places. Children are eligible for Nursery Education Funding (NEF) the term after their third birthday, providing they are 3 before the end of March, August or December. Parents will then be entitled to receive a Nursery grant for up to 15 hours per week (38 weeks per year). The Nursery Administrator, with your permission, makes a claim for the NEF on your behalf. Please note that if the relevant forms are not returned to us then parents will be charged for the sessions. Extra nursery sessions or wrap around care (sessions outside of nursery hours) can be purchased, subject to availability. A one off nursery registration fee is chargeable for children accessing any sessions over and above the grant bearing sessions – this includes children staying at lunchtimes. If your child is with us for more than one academic year, you will be given the opportunity to

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review your child’s nursery sessions for the beginning of their second academic year. Should a parent require alterations to their allocated sessions, this request should be made via a ‘Request to Change Sessions’ form, to the nursery administrator who will then advise the parent of availability of sessions. This process usually takes place before the admission of new children. We will, at all times, endeavour to meet the requirements of parents. Parents who wish to increase the number of sessions, should note that once NEF has been allocated for a particular term, any extra sessions that term will need to be paid for. Finally, should parents wish to cancel sessions not eligible for the NEF, we require a complete half term’s notice. Failure to do so will still incur this charge for the minimum notice period, unless agreed otherwise by the governors. Over subscription Criteria Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied: 1. Children under the care of the Local Authority. 2. Children living in the parishes of Dunchurch, Thurlaston, Willoughby and Grandborough. 3. Children who are in their Pre-School year. 4. Children with siblings at Dunchurch Nursery, Dunchurch Infant School or Dunchurch Junior School. 5. Other children. Places will also be allocated based on the date of registration within the above criterion. The Nursery will not accept more than 58 children in the Pre-School cohort. N.B. All of the above is subject to availability of spaces Waiting lists When the nursery is full, unsuccessful applicants and those wishing to change sessions will be placed on a waiting list. Please be aware that the Governing Body's decision is final regarding any allocation matter. Further Information This policy should be read in conjunction with our Equal Opportunity Policies and our Charging & Remission Policy, which are available to read in the nursery or Dunchurch Infant School office.

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Please note that despite the strong links between the nursery and Dunchurch Infant School, admission to the nursery does not guarantee admission to the school. That said, children from Dunchurch Nursery may gain priority over children who do not attend the nursery. All parents are required to apply for school admission. Each school has its own admissions policy and if the number of children applying for entry exceeds the places available, the school will rank each child in order of priority. Please see the school admission policy for current arrangements. If you have any queries regarding the Admissions Policy, Registration form or any matters arising, please do not hesitate to contact either the Nursery Manager or the Nursery Administrator.

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