Aims and objectives
We are an inclusive school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities. All applications will be treated on merit and in a sensitive manner. The level of ability of a child or any special needs that s/he may have plays no part in the admissions policy of this school.
The only restriction we place on entry is that of number. If the number of children applying for entry exceeds the places available, we apply our over subscription criteria in order to determine whether a child is accepted or not.
How parents can apply for their child to be admitted to our nursery
As our nursery is attached to the school, the school determines the admission arrangements in consultation with the Local Authority (LA).
Children can start in our nursery from the term after their 3rd birthday. There are three admission points in the year - September, January or April. For admission in:
- September 2022 - the date of birth range will be 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019
- January 2023 - the date of birth range will be 1st September 2018 to 31st December 2019
- April 2023 - the date of birth range will be 1st January 2019 to 31st March 2020
Admissions to our nursery follow the admission code to the main school as outlined in our Admissions Policy. If more parents apply for a place at the nursery than there are places available (known as "over-subscription") decisions are made using the criteria listed below.
Priority for places will be given in the following order:
1. Children in Local Authority Care or previously in Local Authority Care
Highest priority will be given to looked after children and all previously looked after children who apply for a place at the school. Children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances: i) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or ii) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post in the school for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage for the requirements of the post.
2. Current Family Association - a brother or sister attending Eastchurch C E P School at the time of entry where the family continue to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted – or – if they have moved – live within 2 miles of the school, or have moved to a property that is nearer to the school than the previous property as defined by the ‘Nearness’ criterion’ (below). In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters.
3. Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.
4. Nearness of child's home to school - we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school. Your child may not get a place when there are more requests for places than there are spaces available, and where other children had a stronger claim to a place than your child (using the criteria listed above).
Places will have been offered by the Headteacher according to these criteria.
Account will be taken of any preferences expressed, but places will be allocated subject to availability and not guaranteed. There is no statutory right of appeal for a nursery place.
We are open in line with the school term dates.
If your child receives their entitlement through a mixture of the nursery and other provision this will be clearly itemised on your Parental Declaration (which you will receive once offered a place). Should you wish to alter your child’s pattern of attendance, this can only be done from the start of a term due to the way the funding is allocated by KCC on the basis of headcount weeks in Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
It should be noted that admission to the nursery does not guarantee admission to the school. You will need to apply for a place at the infant school in the same way as all other parents. You can obtain more details about this from the school or from the Local Authority https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-andchildren/schools/school-places/primary-school-places#tab-3.
Sessions On Offer
To meet the needs of our families we have a range of options available. For those children who are entitled to 15 hours of funded education the main options are as follows:
- 5 morning sessions from Monday to Friday (8.30am to 11.30am)
- 5 afternoon sessions from Monday to Friday (12.30pm to 3.30pm)
With the introduction of 30 hours of free education, we also offer full time, Monday to Friday (8.30am to 3.30pm). This option includes the lunchtime session for which there is no additional charge.
For those not eligible for 30 hours there is the option to purchase 'top-up' sessions, which are above and beyond the Universal 15 hours.
|Additional Sessions||Cost per Session|
|Additional am or pm sessions||£15.00|
Please note any additional sessions are to be paid in advance. Where there are occasions that are emergency extras, these are to be paid on the day. For any charged sessions, you will be invoiced a term ahead so that payment is received in advance.
We do accept Childcare Vouchers. If this is of interest to you, please let us know.