Our Nursery provides quality pre-school education for children between the ages of three and five years. Children may enter the Nursery class during the term after their third birthday and stay until they are due to start school the September following their fourth birthday.
The Nursey unit can accommodate 26 children at any one time in the Autumn term, rising to 34 children in the Spring and Summer terms. We offer 15 hours as follows:
a) 5 mornings
b) 5 afternoons
c) 2 whole days + a half day
If parents/carers have working or training commitments and need more flexibility, we will try to accommodate their needs. If space is available, we can offer the uptake of extra sessions for £4.50 per hour. Priority will always be given to those entitled to 15 free hours. The 15 hour entitlement might be possible to share with another setting, but we recommend to use all the hours within our Nursery unit to support the continuity of the child's friendships, development and progress.
We believe every child should be entitled to Nursery education but unfortunately our Nursery is often oversubscribed. Children are admitted into our Nursery in accordance with the Devon County Council's criteria of admission. Each priority category is considered in turn until all available places have been allocated.
A Nursery Admissions Panel meets in October, to decide on January admissions, and in May, for September admissions. The members of this Panel who take part in this confidential process are the Head Teacher, Nursery Teacher/Nursery Nurse, Special Needs Co-ordinator, a Children's Centre representative, Area Health Visitors and a School Governor.
The school's Governing body is responsible for making the final decision on the allocation of places. Parents are asked to complete a Nursery Admissions form as soon as possible. It is obviously very important that the Admissions Panel has the fullest information to assist in its decisions about allocating places. These forms are available from our school office during school hours or on http://www.devon.gov.uk/admissions-steppingout.pdf where full details of admission to Nursery settings in Devon can be found.
Admission to our Nursery does not guarantee admission to the main school. For further information about your child starting in one of our Reception classes, please click on the green button entitled "Admission to our Reception classes".