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Admissions to Chelford Pre-School

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It is our intention to make our pre-school accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community.

We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the pre-school through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.

In order to achieve this aim, we operate the following admissions policy.

  • We ensure that information about our pre-school is accessible – in written and spoken form – and, where appropriate, in different languages. Where necessary, we will try to provide information in Braille, or through signing or an interpreter.
  • The pre-school is open to every family in the community.
  • The optimum number for children attending at any one time is 16 .
  • The closing date for admissions for September 2018 is 31st January, 2018. We will confirm your sessions to you in writing by February 28th, 2018.
  • We arrange our waiting list in birth order. In addition our policy may take into account the following:
    • siblings already attending the pre-school.
    • length of time on the waiting list
    • which school your child will be moving on to (with preference being given to Chelford and Peover Schools)
    • whether a child is attending another pre-school
    • We request that you inform us as soon as possible should you not wish to take up the offer.
    • Children are admitted when they reach 2 years old, dependent upon the availability of space, and readiness of the individual child to stay happily within the group. A child can remain with us until the term before his or her 5th birthday.
    • The preschool aims to support the child care needs of its staff where possible. Therefore staff of the preschool whose children are over 2 years old may enrol them so long as this does not interfere with the effectiveness of the member of staff in the running of the sessions.
    • Children may attend Chelford Pre-School for up to 10 sessions per week, these sessions are 3 hours long.
    • We recommend that younger children should start with 2 or 3 sessions per week but may increase this to 4 or 5 when parents and staff feel they are ready and able to benefit from more sessions, subject to availability of places.
    • We welcome children regardless of their gender, special educational needs, disabilities, background, religion, ethnicity or competence in spoken English. We will liaise fully with parents and professionals to ensure that it would be in the child’s best interests to attend the group.
    • Parents/carers are encouraged to visit with their child shortly before admission is due, and should be prepared to stay with their child if necessary for the first session or two. We operate a flexible admissions procedure and where appropriate a child may attend for brief periods at first; gradually building up to a full session.
    • Grants are available for children who are already 3 and 4 years old or, in some cases, 2 year olds if the parents receive benefits. We will inform parents if they are eligible. (Grant available term after the child is 3).
    • If a child is to leave our setting before moving on to school, or to reduce the number of sessions attended, parents must give at least half a terms notice of the leaving date in writing. Fees will be payable (or grant claimed by us), until that date.
    • Our equal opportunities policy is available on the website and in the parent’s handbook.

We are flexible about attendance patterns and wherever possible accommodate the needs of individual children and families. The nursery education funding rules state that ‘I understand my child could lose their funded place if they do not attend regularly without a reason being provided for their absence’. Therefore, if your child has not attended half of their sessions in any half term period (usually 6 or 7 weeks) they will lose their place at the pre-school unless they have a valid reason (e.g. letter from doctor in the case of serious illness or holiday). If your child has not attended pre-school for 3 weeks without any explanation we reserve the right to offer their sessions to another child after contacting you and discussing the situation.