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Admissions

Admissions Criteria

We adhere to the guidance set out by Wandsworth Local Authority and give priority to;

  1. Children looked after, or who have an allocated social worker who has provided written support of the application.
  2. Children who are recommended for a place following an action plan agreed by a multidisciplinary group e.g. a ‘Team Around the Child’ (TAC) or the Early Years Multi-Agency Panel (EYMAP). Parents who want their needs to be considered by a multi disciplinary group should contact a health professional or the local Children’s Centre (CC) who will complete an assessment of their need using the Early Help Assessment (EHA).
  3. Children with professionally supported educational, medical or social needs. When deciding whether a child has an educational, medical or social need, the Headteacher will consider the child’s needs or circumstances, supporting evidence from other professionals, and the availability of nursery classes in neighbouring schools.
  4. Children who live nearest to the school by a straight line between your home and the centre of the school site calculated by Wandsworth Council’s Geographical Information System.
    If places are still available, children from further away will be considered. For full details of the admissions policy refer to ‘Starting School in Wandsworth’ – available on request, or look at the following web link; http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200076/nursery_schools/39/nursery_schools

Additional 15 hours (30 hour offer)

If you are requesting the additional 15 Hours (Full Time), you must be eligible. Below are the criteria for the additional 15 Hours.
• Both parents must be working and each parent must be earning on average a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the minimum wage/national living wage.
• Neither parent should earn more than £100,000 per year.
• Lone parents are subject to the above criteria.
• One/Both parent(s) is away on Maternal/Paternal leave.
• One or both parent(s) on statutory sick.
• One parent is employed and the other parent has either: substantial caring responsibilities/and or a disability.

Please visit the government website to check if you qualify for the additional 15 hours. www.gov.uk/childcarechoices.gov.uk

If you do qualify, please provide your eligibility/funding code and National Insurance Number. Please note: Parents are required to review their eligibility every 3 months.

Provision

We usually have approximately 70 (or 50 full-time equivalent) children on roll, the majority of which will attend on a part-time basis. We are able to offer 20 places for children who are eligible for the additional 15 hours (30 hour offier).

We offer part-time places for 4 mornings or afternoons and 1 full day to provide 15 hours of nursery education. The pupil: staff ratio is approximately 1 adult to 8 children for our 3-4 year olds and 1 adult to 3 children for our 2-3 year olds.

Joining the Nursery

Most children join the Nursery at the beginning of the academic year, (which runs from 1st September–31st August), following their 3rd birthday. The starting dates are staggered throughout September to help the children settle more easily.

However, we do occasionally have some spaces available and so if your child has their third birthday after the September start date, do contact a member of the Admin Team on 020 8673 4055 or email admin@balham-nursery.wandsworth.sch.uk who will be able to advise you further.

Admissions deadline for September 2018

The closing date for applications is Friday, 9th February 2018

We aim to make our offers for September 2018 by the Easter break at the latest. If you do miss the February deadline, but would still like to apply for a place, please contact the school office who will be able to provide you with further information.

Early Education Places

Families with children aged two years old, who meet the eligibility criteria, are entitled to a maximum of 15 hours per week of free early education for 38 weeks per year from the term after their child’s second birthday. This is called an Early Education Place.

If you are interested in 15 hours of free early learning and play for your two year old, please contact a member of the Children’s Centre team on 020 8673 4055 team and they will take you through the application process and support you in your search for a nursery place.