Four Year Old Nursery Admissions

Applications for our 4 year old nursery for September 2018 (for children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015) will need to made via the school office.

An online application form will be available when applications open on Monday 5th February 2018. An application form will also be available to download. All applications must be received at the school office by the application deadline.

30 Hours Childcare

From the term after a child’s third birthday they are eligible for 15 hours funded Nursery education, which we provide at Shepherd Primary School from 8.55-11.55 am each morning, Monday to Friday.

As from September 2017, working parents may be eligible to access an additional 15 hours funded Nursery education, making a total of 30 hours per week. For full details on the eligibility criteria for the 30 hours free Nursery education and to apply, see www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

At Shepherd Primary School we can offer 20 hours to eligible parents – alongside Nursery education from 8.55-11.55am, we can also offer for children to stay for our lunch club (12noon-1pm) each day.

For the remaining 10 hours per week, we are very lucky to have a partnership with Berry Lane Nursery who have been rated ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted in June 2016. Those children eligible for the 30 hours may spend the morning and lunch with us and then be collected by Berry Lane Nursery at 1pm. They then stay there until 3pm.

Application dates for admission in September 2018:

Applications open – 5th February 2018
Deadline for applications – 23rd March 2018
Offers made – 24th April 2018
Deadline to accept – 2nd May 2018
Late applications will be dealt with after all on-time applications have been considered.

If you do not have internet access at home you can use the internet at your local library or Children’s Centre for free. Your local Children’s Centre will be pleased to help you apply.

Over-subscription criteria:

  • Children with a Statement of Special Educational which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996. Schools must also admit
    children with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school.
  • Parents may state their preference as to which nursery class, school or centre they would like their child to attend in the years leading up to the child’s fifth birthday. However, if there are not
    enough places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:
  1. Children looked after and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).
  2. Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.
  3. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age-range of the school. Note: the ‘normal age range’ is the designated range for which the school provides.
  4. Any other children.

If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tiebreak will be used by applying the next rule to those children. If more children qualify than there are places available, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the nursery as measured in a straight line.

Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example, the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie break will be random.

*Distances will be calculated by using Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘Find a School’ tool at https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/school-admissions/researcha-school/find-a-school.aspx

Please note that attendance at 3 Year Old Nursery does not guarantee a place in the 4 Year Old Nursery class. You must make a new application for a place in 4 Year Old Nursery class even if your child is currently attending the school’s 3 Year Old Nursery class.

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