Maintained schools in Hertfordshire are now responsible for the admissions of children to Nursery in 2018-19 and onwards.
For children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 applications can be made for a nursery place starting in September 2018. These must be made directly through the school, please see below for more details. Application forms can be downloaded from here or picked up from the school office.
Timeline for Nursery applications
16th March 2018 - Nursery applications close for on time applications (applications can be accepted at any point after this date, but will be dealt with after on time applications)
26th April 2018 - Nursery places are offered to families by email
4th May 2018 - Deadline for accepting Nursery places
(From 4th May onwards we can continue to accept applications and allocate nursery places to children, based on availability)
Springmead Nursery offers children the opportunity to attend nursery either five morning sessions or five afternoon sessions per week to ensure continuity in their learning, and access to the whole curriculum. A session lasts for three hours, and 15 hours per week (5 sessions) are funded by the government. There are 15 morning and 15 afternoon places available.
Springmead Nursery also offers 15 places of 30 hours Nursery provision. Eligible parents will be entitled to 30 hours free provision (please see document above for further information on eligibility).
Parents entitled to 30 hours free childcare may choose to accept a Nursery place for 15hrs and access a futher 15hrs with an alternative provider (e.g. childminder or PVI setting).
If applications to Springmead Nursery exceed the number of places available, then the following set of admission criteria, or rules, are used to decide which children to offer places to:
We are asking on the application form for your preference for either a morning or an afternoon place. In allocating places we aim to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to gain from their Nursery experience and that the needs of the individual child, as well as the needs of the school community, are reflected in the decisions made. The school will ensure that the provision at both morning and afternoon sessions meets the appropriate objectives within the curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage, and that children are not disadvantaged by whichever session they are allocated. The school will also ensure that the number of practitioners in each session is within the legal requirement (ratio 1:13).
The need to ensure there is an effective mix of gender and age in each session, to ensure the school is offering the best educational and social experience to all the pupils, is recognised as being of prime importance.
The final decision will be taken by the school in discussion with the Nursery staff. All identified factors will be taken into account and the basis of the decision will be confidential. The school will confirm in writing to parents which session their child has been offered on 25th April 2018.
Right of Appeal: Parents are asked not to telephone the school to discuss the allocation but appeal in writing to the School giving the circumstances to be taken into account.
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