NURSERY ADMISSIONS POLICY 2018
Keelham Nursery Admissions Policy 2018
- Every 3 and 4 year old child is entitled to 15 hours funded early year’s education in the term following their 3rd This is known as the universal offer.
- Some 3 and 4 year old children whose parents are working are also entitled to an additional 15 hours funded early years education in the term following their 3rd birthday until they attend reception class. (see eligibility criteria section below) This is known as the extended entitlement.
- Keelham School will look at offering some or all of this extended entitlement, dependent on demand and capacity.
- Parents are allowed to split their entitlement between different settings. Parents do not have a right and so will not be allowed to defer allocation of sessions to following weeks or terms.
- Keelham offer places at the start of the academic year (September). Moving children from one nursery setting to another mid-term is not recommended unless there is evidence of exceptional circumstances for doing do, or if the family have moved into the area.
- For admission purposes the start of the term is defined as 1st
- Parent/ carers may be able to purchase extra sessions in addition to the full entitlement either universal or where applicable extended entitlement.
All parents of 3 and 4 year olds must prove that they are eligible for a Funded Early Education place. School will check eligibility before a place is offered and a parental agreement completed.
Eligibility for 3 and 4 year olds
Children are eligible the term after their 3rd birthday, birth certificates or passports will be checked to determine eligible date of birth.
It is up to the HMRC to determine eligibility of parents and not providers. All queries around eligibility must be directed back to HMRC. Tel: 0300 123 4097
If parents think they meet the criteria below they need to go to the Childcare Choices website and apply for an eligibility code. If they are successful they will be given an 11 digit HMRC eligibility code, parents must give the code to all the providers who are offering funded hours for their children. School will check the code using Bradford Funded Hours Checker
Once the code is verified a place will be offered if available.
Parents of 3 and 4 year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:
- They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
This equates to £115 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £111.20 a week (or c.£5,700 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
- The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
- Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
- Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
- If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds e.g. you are eligible to claim benefits, tax credits or housing assistance.
Note: Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
Allocation of Places
There are 15 places available in the nursery class each academic year. If there are more applications for a nursery class than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria will be used to allocate places. An application for places must be made to the school by 31st January of the year the child is eligible to start nursery.
Places in the nursery class will be allocated to children in the following priority order:
- Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.
- Children who have exceptional social or medical needs, supported by a written recommendation from the child’s paediatrician/consultant or professional from Children’s Services. The letter must explain why the nursery is the only suitable nursery to meet the child’s needs and why no other nursery could provide the appropriate support for the child.
- For primary schools with an admission priority area with a nursery class attached, children who already have an older sibling who will be attending the school at the point of admittance and live within the priority area – ‘sibling’ includes biological brothers and sisters, as well as stepchildren and fostered children who are part of the same family living at the same address, but does not include cousins or children from different families sharing the same house. Where a family of twins or triplet request admission and there is only one place available, the remaining sibling(s) will also be offered a place above the admission number.
- Children of staff members who are employed at the school in a teaching or associate staff capacity.
- Other children living closest to the school’s main entrance – this will be determined using the Authority’s Graphical Information System process and will be the distance between the child’s home address to the school’s main entrance measured accessible road. A child’s “home address” is the address at which they live permanently. Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, the parents must decide which address to use for the allocation process. We cannot use the address of a relative or childminder.
- The offer of a place at a nursery class attached to a primary school does not guarantee the child a place in the reception class at the same school. A fresh application will be required in accordance with the criteria for admission to reception classes.
- A child is of compulsory school age at the beginning of the term following the child’s fifth birthday. Generally children leave nursery to enter reception in the school year in which they have their fifth birthday and commence full time education before reaching compulsory school age If parents are determined to defer entry to full time education until the following academic year when the child reaches compulsory school age, as is their legal right, a place would be offered in year 1, enabling their child to remain within their chronological age group and not being ‘ofset’ unless it is deemed in the child’s best interest to start in reception.
- Induction and attendance arrangements for a nursery class in a primary school are at the discretion of and decided by each school.
- Regular attendance is required to maintain a place in a nursery class, close liaison should take place with health visitors or social workers if there are concerns regarding a child’s attendance.
- No place will be allocated without the completion of a Parent Agreement Form.
- Vacancies arising during a school year should be filled from the school waiting list using the published criteria.
Once a place has been allocated in our nursery class, the school will provide further details on the allocated timetable for attendance.
Please fill in an application form which you can access via the link – Click Here
Admission of Pupils to Reception
KEELHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL
RECEPTION ADMISSIONS POLICY 2018-19
Admission of Pupils
Keelham Primary School will admit 15 pupils each year into the reception class.
Pupils will be offered a full time place in the September of the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls.
If the school or parents feel that a full time place is not appropriate before the child reaches statutory school age, a deferred place or a part time place can be offered.
The School will keep a list of children who wish to be admitted to the reception class. The length of time on the waiting list will not be used to give priority for admissions.
At the appropriate time (usually the November of the year before the child is due to start in September of the following year) the school will contact all parents whose children’s names appear on the reception class list to invite them to apply for a place at the school. Offer of places will be made direct to parents on 16th April each year.
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below to decide which children to admit:
- Children looked after by the Local Authority and looked after children who have ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardian ship order).
- Siblings* of children already in the school, living at the same home address and who will be attending school at the time of admission.
- Children who live closest to the school. The distance will be measured by the shortest distance by accessible road from directly outside the home address* to directly outside the main school gates. Where the offer of places to applicants measuring equal distance would lead to over subscription, the decision who will be offered a place would be made by random selection.
*2 – The term ‘sibling’ means a brother or sister who lives with the same family at the same address. Children living permanently with the same family, e.g. fostered, adopted and step children are also included. Twins or triplets – where a family of twins or triplets request admission and only one of the siblings can be offered a place, the remaining siblings will also be offered places above the admission number.
*3 – “Home address” refers to the child’s permanent home at the date of admission. Where the child lives with parents with shared responsibility, it is for the parents to determine which address to use when applying for a primary school. Once a place has been allocated the school will need secure evidence of the child’s residency. This will take the form of child benefit information or family tax credit details. If this cannot be secured the place may be withdrawn.
The above criteria shall be over-ridden and a place offered:-
Where a parent’s preference is based on special medical reasons for admission where they are deemed essential by independent professional recommendation from the child’s paediatrician or consultant. The letter must explain why Keelham Primary is the ONLY suitable school to meet the child’s needs and why no other school could provide the appropriate support.
A child, who has an Education Health and Care Plan which names Keelham Primary School, will be admitted without reference to the above criteria.
Pupils will not be admitted above the published admission number for the school unless:
- twins and children from multiple births when one of the siblings is the last child to be admitted,
- the pupil is admitted as part of the fair access protocol, agreed with all schools in the area.
Applicants who are not allocated places at the school during the normal admission to reception should request through the Local authority to be placed on the school waiting list. This list will be kept for one year. Late applications will be added to the list and treated in the same way as other refused applications.
Where a pupil seeks to be admitted to the School at any time other than during the normal admission to reception class, a place will be offered where a place is available in that child’s year and class group in liaison with the local authority. The place will normally be offered at the start of a new term and after consultation with the Head teacher of the school at which the child is currently placed.
In the event of a place not being available parents can request that their child be added to the waiting list for the child’s year group.
Places which later become available in any year group will be offered to pupils on the list for that year group in accordance with the oversubscription criteria detailed above. The length of time on the list will not be used to give priority for admissions.
In the event of their child not being offered a place at the school, parents have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Further guidance on how to appeal will be sent to you if there is no place available for your child.