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1. Admissions Policy

1.1       Aim

It is our intention to make Anchors accessible to children aged two years and upwards on a first come first served basis. No child or family is excluded or disadvantaged because of ethnicity, religion, culture, family background, disability, English as additional language (EAL), special educational need or ability. In order to accomplish this, we will:

  • Ensure that the existence of the Nursery is widely known in local communities. We maintain a web site and place notices in local newsletters where all sections of the community can see them
  • Arrange our waiting list in year group by date of application receipt, with priority being given to children of families living in Rotherwick and siblings of current/previous pupils.
  • Monitor the gender and ethnic background of children joining the Nursery to ensure that no accidental discrimination is taking place.
  • Describe the Nursery and its practices in terms which make it clear that it welcomes both fathers and mothers, other relations and other carers, including childminders, and people from all cultural, ethnic, religious and social groups, with or without disabilities.
  • Make our equal opportunities policy widely known.
  • Be flexible about attendance patterns so as to accommodate the needs of individual children and families when they start at the Nursery.

The Nursery will need to see each child’s birth certificate on admission.

1.2          Admissions – Administrative Procedures

The administrative procedures for admission are as follows:

  • Parents/carers make initial contact with Anchors typically by telephone or via the Anchors web site/email address. They are invited to arrange a meeting with the principal to see the Nursery in action, to be able to assess for themselves whether they think Anchors can meet their childcare needs, and are encouraged to view our web site if they have not already done so. A registration form with Extended Flexible Entitlement (EFE) briefing note is provided at the meeting.
  • Parents/carers seeking admission for their child are required to return the completed registration form together with a non-refundable registration fee (£20). Anchors tries to give a realistic indication of likelihood of places being available in the requested term of entry, but receipt of the registration form does not guarantee a place.
  • The waiting list is reviewed regularly. Places scheduled to become available are allocated provisionally to children on the waiting list approximately two terms prior to the expected term of commencement. Places may also become available at short notice, e.g. when parents/carers of a current pupil have moved unexpectedly.
  • Places becoming available are offered to children on the waiting list, subject to payment of a deposit (£100) to secure the place. The deposit is held by Anchors and is refunded against fees for the child’s last term at Anchors provided that notice of not less than one full term has been given.
  • Parents/carers are invited to bring their child to a New Recruits session during the term before their start at Anchors (typically in June). This is an opportunity for the children to meet their assigned key person and to familiarize themselves with the setting. Parents/carers are also given a number of forms which need to be completed and returned before any child starts at the Nursery. The forms will include an initial entry profile form detailing their child’s development so far, to be kept in the child’s Log File.
  • Hard copies of Policies kept in the hall are available for parents to read. Parents are also given a password when their child starts at Anchors allowing access to the Parents Information section of the Anchors web site where Policies can be read on-line.

Anchors Nursery School is registered with Hampshire County Council, Services for Young Children and is subject to inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). This means that the Nursery can offer free entitlement to eligible children under the Government’s Early Years Education scheme. Details of this scheme will be discussed with parents when their child becomes eligible.

  • The scheme funds entitlement for up to 15 hours per week for up to 38 weeks per year. Anchors operates 33 weeks per year (average 11 weeks per term). Free entitlement is available but fees are payable until a child becomes eligible for free entitlement and for time above free entitlement accepted by Anchors.
  • Parents/carers with children eligible for free entitlement are required to complete a declaration, and to provide documentary evidence of the child’s date of birth to enable Anchors to be able to provide free entitlement for their child. A strict timetable applies.

 

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