Admissions Policy


All Nursery places are allocated in line with the Council’s admissions policy and the nursery staff will advise you how this policy operates when you apply for a place for your child.

The nursery class is a member of the local and central Admissions Panel. The panel meets at regular intervals throughout the year to discuss and band applications and to decide how nursery places will be allocated.  The panel will consist of heads of local authority and partnership pre-five establishments in the area.

The local Admissions Panel consists of a representative from each of the following establishments:-

St Mary’s Nursery Class

West Nursery Class

Maxwellton Park Nursery

Abbey Nursery

Hugh Smiley Nursery

Wallace Nursery Class

Application forms for a nursery place are available from the school office and should be returned after completion. You should include a copy of your child’s birth certificate and proof of your address with your returned application form.   Only one application should be made and your preference of nursery indicated on the form.

Register of applicants

A register of all applicants will be kept by the nursery.  If circumstances change which affects your application then you should speak to the Head Teacher.  Please note that the length of time a child’s name has been on the register will not affect the child’s priority of admission.  Parents can ask to see their application form at any time.


Once nursery places have been allocated, children and their families are invited to take part in our induction programme. All new entrants are invited to attend our ‘open day’ and we also offer home visits prior to the children starting the nursery.  Families are then informed by letter about when their child can start nursery.  Start dates for new entrants are staggered to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.  Initially children do not stay for the full nursery session and parents may be invited to stay to support their child at these times.  Each child is allocated a key worker, a member of the nursery team who will have special responsibility for his/her care and wellbeing, development and learning.


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