Admissions and bookings Policy
This policy was adopted on 30th August 2022 and is reviewed annually.
We welcome all applications for places for children aged between two years and school age. We would be delighted to show you the nursery and gauge for yourselves the uniquely happy and productive atmosphere that we provide. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.
The numbers and ages of children admitted to the nursery comply with the legal space requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). When considering admissions we are mindful of staff: child ratios and the facilities available at the nursery.
Our policy aims to make the allocation of places fair and clear.
The nursery use the following admission criteria, which is applied in the following order of priority:
- 1.Looked after children
- 2.A child known by the local authority to have special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) and whose needs can be best met at the preferred nursery
- 3.A vulnerable child with either a Child Protection or a Child in Need Plan, or in receipt of other local authority support
- 4.Children who have siblings who are already with us
- 5.Children whose parents live within the area.
A child requiring a full-time place may have preference over one requiring a part-time place. This is dependent upon work commitments, occupancy and availability. We operate a waiting list and places are offered on an availability basis.
We operate an inclusion and equality policy and ensure that all children have access to nursery places and services irrespective of their gender, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation of parents.
Prior to a child attending nursery, parents must complete and sign a contract and registration form. These forms provide the nursery with personal details relating to the child. For example, name, date of birth, address, emergency contact details, parental responsibilities, dietary requirements, collection arrangements, fees and sessions, contact details for parents, doctor’s contact details, health visitor contact details, allergies, parental consent and vaccinations etc.
To reserve a place we ask for a deposit of £50.00 to be paid at the point of reservation (Please note; that if you are only using Free Entitlement Hours then no deposit is required). If you no longer require the place at the nursery, we ask for a period of 4 weeks notice to be given in writing to the Manager or Office Manager. This fee is refundable only if we are able to fill your child’s place in the given time.
On rare occasions we do have to disappoint some parents, please do keep your child on the waiting list and we will advise you of a place when it becomes available.
Providers eligible to provide government funded places for early education
All settings registered to accept government funding (detailed in the code of practice) must offer free places for two to five year olds for early learning sessions specified by the local authority. At Natural Nurture we currently provide 2yr and 3yr+ free funded places for children is subject to availability. These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and can be booked a term in advance.
Please note for admissions for the free nursery education we have a termly intake, beginning the term following your child’s third birthday.
All funded sessions are now in line with the flexible arrangement as specified by the Government. When you register your child for their funded place we will discuss your needs and, as far as possible with availability and staffing arrangements, we will accommodate your wishes. We reserve the right to limit and/or have specific funded sessions, according to our business requirements.