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Hitchin Partnership Admission Information for Local Authority Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 2018/19
The nursery admission process has changed for admissions for 2018 onwards. In place of a centrally controlled system which has previously been run by the local authority, nursery settings are now operating their own admission process.
Please see below for the timeline.
Local authority nursery schools and classes within Hitchin form part of the Hitchin Partnership. In order to provide consistency and simplify the process for parents, the partnership has agreed a timeline for admissions and a set of over subscription criteria.
Hitchin Partnership Timeline for Maintained Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 2018/19
By end of September 2017- Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes to make nursery admission information available on their websites
October/November 2017- HCC comms campaign to parents confirming new way of applying for a nursery school/class place, including social media
Monday 5th February 2018- Applications open via school’s websites for Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes (online applications preferred)
Friday 16th March 2018- Applications close for Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes
Friday 27th April 2018- Offers made to parents (via the same method as application was made)
Friday 4th May 2018- Deadline for parents to accept/reject places
Wednesday 8th May 2018- Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes meet to look at continued interest places
Children will be offered a nursery place to start in the autumn term of the academic year they turn 4 (falling between 1st September to 31st August).
At Highbury we have 52 nursery places. These are split into two groups of up to 26 nursery children attending either five morning or afternoon sessions, providing 15 hours of free nursery education.
Whilst we try to take into account your session preference, acceptance of a nursery place indicates that you are willing to accept a morning or afternoon place.
We hold an information meeting for parents in the summer term. Children are invited to visit and to attend a couple of story club sessions before they start.
• The morning nursery session is from 9.00-12.00 (including half an hour nursery lunch club).
• The afternoon nursery session is from 12.10-3.10pm (including half an hour nursery lunch club).
The nursery is an integral part of the school. A separate application is needed from Nursery to main school.
Should there be more applications than places, an agreed over subscription criteria will be followed. Please see below for the oversubscription criteria. If an application is unsuccessful, you may request to go onto the nursery’s continuing interest list and as a space arises, the criteria will be applied again.
Hitchin Partnership Over Subscription Criteria for Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes for the School Year 2018/19
Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996. Schools will 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 fourth birthday. However, if there are not enough places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:
a) 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).
b) A child ‘at risk’ (or the sibling of a child ‘at risk’) who is the subject of an inter-agency child protection plan.
c) Other applicants where the following criteria are considered to determine priorities:
1) Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.
2) Children who have a sibling at the school (including, if an infant school, a sibling at the link junior 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.
3) Any other children.
Proof of documentation to support any of the criteria above will be required.
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 under criterion 2 than there are places available, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the nursery as measured using Google maps straight line distance to the school. 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.
Reception Admissions 2018/19
Applications for Reception places for 2018/19 should be made though the local authority by 15th January 2018.
All Reception children are allocated a full-time place from the beginning of the academic year (Sept in which they turn five (falling between 1st September and 31st August).
An information meeting for parents is held the term before the children start. There is an opportunity to attend a couple of storyclub sessions in the summer term. Children attend mornings only for the first few days to help them settle in.