Windrush C of E Primary School
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Nursery

Ladybirds Nursery

As part of the school there is a Nursery provision for children aged 2-4. The Nursery room is filled with exciting and fun learning opportunities and has a large outdoor area in which the children can explore nature and experience their learning in an outdoor setting. The staff are fully qualified and experienced Nursery practitioners and are committed to providing our Nursery children with the best care and learning opportunities they can.

Learning takes place through child-initiated play with a huge variety of resources and equipment to help them to develop their skills and knowledge of the world, through the framework of the Early Years curriculum.

We offer provision of up to 30 hours per week, term time only, sessions will run from 8.45am to 3.15pm in half-day blocks. Places are offered on the basis that children will attend for a minimum of 15 hours per week. The school admits children three times during the year (for as long as places are available). Funding and entitlement are based on a three-term year, with children starting in September, January and April. 

Nursery Funding

Currently all 3 and 4 year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week and some are eligible for an additional 15 hours (up to 30 hours per week). Some 2 year olds are also entitled to up to 15 hours of free early education each week. Entitlement starts from the term after the child’s 2nd or 3rd birthday: 

Screenshot 2021 11 12 at 13.20.32Parents need to check whether they are eligible and how many hours they are entitled to via the online Eligibility Checker at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. If eligible an 11-digit code/ reference number will be generated and should be given to the school in the half term before the child starts. Alternatively, parents are able to purchase additional hours. 

If parents/ carers require hours outside of the school day, they can access our breakfast club and after school club sessions.  Sessions can be purchased in a pattern to suit parents’/carers’ needs, subject to availability.

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Nursery Application process 

We welcome new children into our Nursery at three points during the year and when space is available at other times. Applications for places in our Nursery should be made via email to office@windrushschool.org. We will then send you an application form and invite you to one of our open days. 

Places will be allocated according to the following criteria:

Three & four-year-old places are allocated first, prioritised by:

  1. Children living in the school’s designated catchment area on the date of allocation (as determined by OCC in line with the school admissions catchment area)

  2. Children who have a sibling on roll at the school 

  3. Children who are eligible for 30 hours of funding (a valid code must be provided with your application) 

  4. Other children (15 hours of funding)

  5. Date of application 

The 15 hours will be allocated as morning or afternoon sessions. This may be altered, by request, to whole and part days.

Parents may also wish to pay for children to have additional hours if spaces are available.

After places for 3/4-year olds have been allocated, 2-year-old children can be offered a place. 2-Year-old children can attend Nursery for mornings only. Hours can be increased, upon request, when the child turns three and a space becomes available. 

2-year-old places are prioritised by:

  1. Children living in the school’s designated catchment area on the date of allocation (as determined by OCC in line with the school admissions catchment area) 

  2. Children who have a sibling on roll at the school

  3. Children who qualify for 15 hours of free early years provision (a valid code must be provided with your application).

  4. Other children

  5. Date of application

 

Important dates and Deadlines

 

Term starting in Nursery

Open day

Deadline for application

Allocation date

April 2022

18th February 2022

1st March 2022

15th March 2022

September 2022

29th April 2022

13th May 2022

27th May 2022

January 2023

7th October 2022

21st October 

4th November 2022

 

Confirming your place 

Places will be offered  15 hours minimum (the universal free entitlement). Parents/ carers requesting additional entitlement, above 15 hours but no more than 30 hours, will need to indicate whether they will purchase this additional provision or whether they have an eligibility code from the government, which must be submitted to the school in the half term prior to starting (i.e by 31 December, 31 March or 31 August). 

Waiting lists/Continuing Interest List 

The school will operate a Continuing Interest List (Waiting List). Where the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a continuing interest list will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by the school and it will be open to any parent /carer to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application. 

Children’s position on the continuing interest list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant, they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The continuing interest list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list. 

Late applications 

All applications received by the school after the deadline will be considered to be late applications. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. 

If an eligible child applies after the start of the term, for example if they have just moved into the area, the child will be admitted or placed on the continuing interest list. 

Appeals 

There is no statutory right of appeal. Any complaint about the operation of this admissions policy should be made in line with the school’s complaints policy. 

Transition to Primary School 

A place at the Nursery does not also mean a place at the school in the Reception Class. A separate application should be made for that at the appropriate time. Once a child is admitted to the Nursery, the child is entitled to remain in a universal part time place until the term after he/she becomes five* However this may not be the most appropriate place for the child if all his/her peers have taken up their Reception place in a separate class within the school or another primary school. 

*N.B. In the case of a summer born child, parents / carers must either take up the school Reception place by the April before the child’s fifth birthday; or else need to re-apply through the next admission round for a place to start in the September, usually as a Year 1 child. See the Primary School Admissions Policy for more detail on deferring entry. 

Notes

 

Home address: 

All places at Windrush Church of England Primary School will be allocated on the basis of parents’ /carers’ permanent home address or parents’ / carers’ temporary home address if there is no permanent home address. The home address is that which applies at the time of application. 

Where a child lives with parents / carers with equal shared parental responsibility for part of a week, parents / carers must reach agreement as to which address will be classes as the child’s place of residence for the application. Where agreement cannot be reached, the application received from the parent / carer in receipt of child benefit would be the application to be processed. Proof of receipt of child benefit would need to be provided. 

Changes of address occurring shortly after application can normally be taken into account if notified in writing and confirmed in the form of documentary evidence to the Schools Admissions. Places cannot be allocated on the basis of intended future changes of address. 

Sibling: 

For admissions purposes, the following definitions of a sibling are used: • A brother or sister (both parents the same) living at the same home address; or 

  • A half-brother or half-sister (one parent the same) living at the same home address; or
  • A step-brother or step-sister (sharing a parent who is married or in a civil partnership) living at the same home address; or 
  • An adopted child who, by reason of the adoption, now shares one or more parents with a child living at the same home address; or 
  • A foster child who, by reason of the fostering, now shares one or more parents with a child living at the same home address. 

Distance Criterion:

The straight-line distance used to determine proximity of the home to the school will be measured by Oxfordshire County Council’s Geographical Information System. 

The start point of the measurement is the “seed point” of the home address. The “seed point” is provided by Ordnance Survey from information compiled from Royal Mail and Councils via Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG). The seed point normally falls within the bounds of a property. The accuracy of seed points is to the nearest ten centimetres and uses the British Coordinate System (Easting/Northing). It is possible to move the location of an individual seed point, but this is not necessary for most addresses. It is not possible to verify the individual location of every seed point prior to measuring due to the number of addresses in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. 

The end point of the straight-line distance will be the front door of the school. 

The calculation of the distance will be made in metres using a Pythagoras calculation. This calculation will be converted into miles by dividing the distance by 1609.344 to achieve a distance in miles accurate to three decimal places. 

Terminology:

Reception - the year children become 5 

Year – refers to the academic year (September to August) 

Published Admission Number – The number of places, in part time equivalents (15hrs) agreed each year with the County Council, and published in the Council’s Pupil Place Plan. 

Universal Entitlement – 15 hours per week, term time only or 570 hours a year, to which every child is entitled from the term after their 3rd birthday 3 

Grace period – when a child’s eligibility for the extended entitlement ceases, the government allows the funded place to continue for a specified time period. 

Early Education for eligible children aged 2 - A targeted offer of 570 hours per year for the most vulnerable 2 year old children, from the term after their 2nd birthday, with the aim of reducing the pre-school educational gap that can start to occur from this age. Once a funded 2 year old child starts a funded place eligibility continues even if the families circumstances change. 

 

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