A child will be eligible for admission to the Nursery class in the term after they turn 3 years old. Admission is subject to an application being made and places being available.
There are 24 morning places in the Nursery and 24 afternoon places, with each session lasting 3 hours. These will be allocated according to the criteria below and not whether the applicant requires a 15 or 30 hours place.
We offer three different models for the allocation of these places subject to availability.
The models we offer are:-
- Full Day Place, AM & PM Session (30 Hours) 8.45 AM – 3.30 PM
- AM Sessions 5 mornings a week (15 Hours) 8.45AM - 11.45AM
- PM Sessions 5 afternoons a week (15 Hours) 12.30PM – 3.30PM
Specific numbers for each type of place will be decided, depending on demand, and will be at the Local Governing Body Admissions Committee’s discretion.
Where a family does NOT qualify for 30 hours per week of free early years education but expresses an interest in and takes up the offer of the 30 hours, they will be liable for the cost of 15 hrs childcare per week to be charged at the published rate determined by the Local Governing Body Admissions Committee.
Please note Nursery education is a non-statutory provision and there is therefore no right of appeal against the admission authority’s decision.
The Governors expect that parents applying for places for their children will accept and uphold the Christian character and ethos of the school.
In the event of over-subscription, preference will be given to those children living closest to the school. The distance is measured in a straight line from the address point of the pupil’s house, as set by Ordnance Survey, to the nearest school gate available for pupils to use. This is calculated using the Admission and Transport Team’s Geographical Information System.
Where the Nursery is oversubscribed it will maintain a waiting list in criteria order.
The needs of the child are our priority. The final decision on the number of hours a child is able to attend and his or her pattern of attendance, rests with the Headteacher.
Whilst we will endeavour to accommodate parents' requested preferences, (i.e. am or pm, 15 hrs or 30 hrs), this may not always be possible.
30 hours Childcare Offer
Eligible families of 3 year olds may be able to claim 30 hours of free childcare per week. At St Paul's, this will be offered as a morning and an afternoon session (6 hours per day) for 38 weeks of the year (term time only). Our afternoon nursery session will run from 12:30 - 3:30pm and the children will remain in the same room for the whole day if attending for 6 hours. Lunchtime is 11:45 - 12:30. Children can either bring in a packed lunch from home or pay for a school dinner at £2.30. There is also an additional charge of £2.50 for those children who require 30 hours or 15 hours children who stay for lunch. This covers the cost of additional supervision.
If you think you may be eligible for an afternoon nursery place for 30 hours, please call the school office and speak to Mrs Edge in the office or make an appointment to see Mrs McKenzie, our Nursery teacher.
Before and After-School Club
Children who have had their third birthday and who are eligible for the 30 hours of free childcare may use the school's before and after school club if they are toilet trained. Please see the Before and After School Club page for more information.
We offer a limited number of afternoon places for Rising 3 children in January and April, if there are spaces available. These are children who turn 3 between September and December for a January start, and children who turn 3 between January and March for an April start.
These sessions run each afternoon from 12:30 - 3:30pm during school term time only and cost £15 per session if you are not eligible for funding. We ask that parents book for a minimum of three sessions per week. If you are interested in a Rising 3 place for your child, please call the school office and make an appointment to speak to Mrs McKenzie.