Admissions

General Information:

We take children from the age of two.  There is no 'catchment area' and we welcome all children, wherever you live.

We usually only have one intake per year which is in September.  This is because the primary schools all prefer to have just one intake and we usually only have children leaving when they go to primary school.  Each September we aim to fill all our spaces and so we often don't have any more available until the following year.  However, if you are looking for a space during the year please do contact us and we can advise you of any spaces.  If you wish your child to start with us before they receive their 'early years entitlement' (funding) from the term after their third birthday then you will need to pay fees for these sessions (unless you are eligible for two year old funding). 

1.        Admissions

We can care for children from their second birthday until statutory school age (the term after a child’s fifth birthday). The numbers and ages of children admitted to the Pre-school comply with the legal space requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  When considering admissions, we are mindful of staff: child ratios and the facilities available at the Pre-school.


Places will usually be offered on a first come, first served basis if there are spaces within the Pre-school.  If there are no spaces then your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list. Places will be allocated in the following order:

  1. Children who are currently attending who are increasing their sessions.

  2. Children with siblings currently attending the Pre-school or who have previously attended the Pre-school.  

  3. All other children over the age of 2 in strict order of application (i.e. an earlier date of application puts you higher up the waiting list).


We are sympathetic to the need for spaces for the following groups and will accommodate these children wherever possible if we have spaces.  Where no spaces are available then our usual waiting list conditions apply.

  1. Children with priority admission on medical, physical, social, emotional and educational grounds (this must be supported by the appropriate professional agency).    

  2. Children over the age of 3 who have moved from a setting in an area outside of Bracknell Forest.

  3. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children (GRT) who have moved into the area and require a temporary or permanent placement.


A child requiring sessions which match our business needs may take priority over other children.  For example, if we have five afternoon sessions available then a child wanting to take all of these spaces may take priority over a child wanting just four of them.


Children can attend for a minimum of two sessions per week (2.5 or 3 hours per session) and a maximum of 37.25 hours per week (8:30 – 3:45 each day)


A non-refundable registration fee is charged when your place is offered.  This registration fee is charged for all children except those receiving two-year old funding.  If parents do not intend to exceed their 15 (or 30) hours funding throughout their time here then parents can request for this registration fee to be paid back to them once their child has started with us.  This request must be put in writing within 4 weeks of the child’s start date. The registration fee is used by the charity to assist with administration costs, trial visits, home visits and the induction evening.


Our Pre-school is open to all sections of the local community. To ensure that the existence of the Pre-school is widely known in the local community, we will make sure that we supply up-to-date information to the Family Information Service and other relevant bodies.  If we need to advertise we will place notices advertising the Pre-school in places where all sections of the community can see them.


We will not discriminate against any child or their family or prevent entry to our setting.  We are pleased to welcome families of different colours, ethnic origins, religions and social backgrounds.  We monitor the gender and ethnic background of children joining the group to ensure that our intake is representative of social diversity.  If our intake is not representative we will take action to ensure that we are reaching all sections of the local community.


Policy reviewed: November 2017 (changes made)

Next review: November 2018


If you have any queries regarding our admissions policy or your specific application then please contact the Pre-School Manager by telephone or e-mail.

Our current application form can be found below.  Please print, complete and return to us or scan and email to us.
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Lisa Thomas,
21 Mar 2018, 04:04