Admissions to Nursery

Please click here to view Nursery Induction Meeting Presentation, June 2018

Policy for Admissions to the Nursery

The nursery operates an admission policy through the School Governing Body which follows Devon County Council admissions guidance.

From September 2017 the nursery of Newport Community School will have 39 full time equivalent places.  The nursery can admit pupils accessing their free entitlement of up to 15 hours per week, or 30 hours  if eligible. If there are fewer applications than there are places available, all children will be offered a place.  However, if there are more applications made than places available, the over subscription criteria will be applied:

Oversubscription Criteria

Any child whose Statement of Special Educational Needs names NCSPA Nursery will be admitted.

  1. Children in Care or who ceased to be in Care because they were adopted, made the subject of a residence order or made the subject of a special guardianship order.
  2. Children for whom an exceptional medical or social need is demonstrated.
  3. Children who live in the school’s designated area with a sibling on roll at the time of application.
  4. Other children living inside the school’s designated area.
  5. Children who live outside of the school’s designated area with a sibling on roll at application.
  6. Other children.

Admissions Panel

Newport Community School has a designated admissions panel to oversee admissions to the nursery.  The panel is made up of the Resources sub committee of  the School Resources Governing Body.  The panel usually meets termly to discuss the following term’s intake.  The Chairperson of the School Governing Body is responsible for making the final decision on admissions to the nursery.  You should receive written confirmation from the school whether you are offered a place or not.  Appeals may be made to the Chairperson of the school Governing Body who consider these with the Resources Committee.  The Chair will reply to the parents with the final decision.

How many sessions will my child have in the nursery?

Newport Community School will provide Nursery Places for children aged 3 & 4 accessing their free entitlement of up to 15 / 30 hours if eligible,  per week in accordance with the ‘Code of Practice for Local Authorities on Delivery of Free Early Years Provision for 3 & 4 year olds’.

If you do not want to take all 15 / 30 hours that you have been offered, or if you are offered fewer than 15 / 30 hours  in the nursery you will be able to use the balance of your free entitlement at another nursery or preschool. Schools are encouraged by the Local Authority to work with other early education and childcare providers so there is continuity for your child. Providers must work within the following framework produced by the Department for Education:

The free entitlement can be taken as follows:

  • No session to be longer than 10 hours
  • No minimum session length – session time apply
  • Not before 6am or after 8pm
  • Can be used between no more that 3 providers
  • A maximum of 2 sites in one day

We would encourage all parents to ensure their children attend from the start of each nursery session. This is a whole group session which provides good contact time for the children.

All parents will be required to sign a Parent/Provider Contract at the beginning of the school year which confirms the places allocated to their child for the academic year. Each contract will be reviewed at the end of the school year.

Surplus places

Parents wishing to access nursery sessions over and above their 15 / 30 hour free entitlement (regardless of where the free entitlement is used) may purchase additional sessions if there are surplus places within the nursery setting.  Surplus places are those that cannot be filled by demand from parents for their free entitlement.

 In the event of requests for the purchase of surplus sessions the criteria are as per the Oversubscription Criteria stated above.

Surplus spaces are sold for a period up to the end of the current academic year or earlier if your child starts school before this date.

At the start of the new academic year all nursery places will then be available and priority will be given to parents who wish to access their free entitlement.

Each session will be charged at £4.10 per hour or part thereof, this is the rate at which the school is funded by the LA for children accessing their free entitlement.  Sessions must be taken in 2.5 or 3 hour blocks and the full session amount of £12.30 is payable ½ termly in advance. No refunds can be given for sessions paid for and not taken unless the Nursery is closed due to unforeseen circumstances.

Withdrawal of a Nursery Place

There may be circumstances when the school needs to review a child’s right to a place within the nursery. These instances include:

a.             where there is a pattern of regular non-attendance at nursery

b.             non payment for a ‘surplus’ place

c.             pattern of late arrival / late collection of children

In these instances the school will discuss the situation with the parents/guardians of the child involved and make a decision based on each individual circumstance. The review could lead to the loss of the child’s session at the nursery.

Full time places are offered to some children with additional needs.  You can discuss your child’s needs with the Head Teacher who will take them into consideration when allocating places.  No transport is available for your child to attend nursery.

We must have sight of an original document that confirms the child’s date of birth. We are required to retain a copy of this document.