Admissions to St George's Nursery

Since September 2017 we have expanded our popular nursery (Foundation 1) provision so that we can offer parents the government's target of 30 hours of nursery provision a week for eligible families, in the term after their child is 3.  All families can access 15 hours free nursery provision in the term after their child is 3 (more information below)

Our nursery is open from:

Morning Session 8.45am to 11.45am

Lunch is 11.45 - 12.30pm (lunch is provided free of charge for families accessing the 30 hour a week offer)

Afternoon Session 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Sessions run for 38 weeks of the year, during term time only.

Families can either access the full day as part of the 30 hour offer if eligible or access the universal 15 hour offer .  If accessing universal 15 hours, sessions are all mornings or all afternoons.  In order to support families with siblings at St George's, timings of sessions have been organised to mirror the times of the school day.  If accessing the 30 hour offer this actually equates to 33 hours and 45 minutes per week free Foundation One provision and is supplemented by school at no additional cost to parents.    Note that lunch is free of charge for families accessing the 30 hours provision.

When Can Children Start?

Children become eligible from the term after their third birthday and are admitted in September, January or April accordingly.

  • children born between 1 April and 31 August become eligible in September (Autumn Term)
  • children born between 1 September and 31 December become eligible in January (Spring Term)
  • children born between 1 January and 31 March become eligible in April (Summer Term)

The entitlement will last until your child is in full-time education.

How Do We Claim for Funding?

Families don't need to claim for the 15 hours funding.  This is a Universal offer.  We will simply register your child.  Families wanting to know more about the government's 30 hour offer and how to apply for funding should refer to the Wirral Council website.  or https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds  If eligible you will recieve an individual code which you must provide to us.  Currently you must reapply every 3 months to confirm your ongoing eligibility.  

How Are Admissions Managed?

We currently offer the equivalent of 52 full time places (or 104 15 hour places).  Admission are prioritised in the following order by age of eligibility per admission intake:

  1. Looked After Children are admitted as a priority
  2. Any children with siblings at the school are admitted as a priority.
  3. Children living in the school's catchment area.
  4. Children living nearest the school.

If we are over subscribed available places will be offered on this basis.

Places for the next academic year (September start) are offered on 1st April.   Transition events begin Mid May.

'In Year' places for January and April start are offered on availability. 

Foundation Transition Events

What Happens

Date

Notes

We write to Foundation 1 parents confirming your child's place at St George’s.

Mid May

Please ensure that we have up to date contact details

We visit F1 children in their home environment if requested

May / June

An opportunity for your child to meet the staff in their home environment. Vists are available to all children but must be requested individually. 

We invite you to a parents induction meeting

Mid June

This is a parent only meeting to go through essential information and complete all additional compulsary paperwork . This event is not suitable for children.

Children come for a 'Stay and Play’ session to meet their new teacher and children in their class.

July

This is a fun event for parents and children to share. A great opportunity to meet all the staff and families in a friendly and informal way. This event is delivered in AM or PM sessions.

Children start on a staggered intake over a two week period.

First two weeks in September

Children are admitted in small groups over a two week period. Start dates are non- negotiable in fairness to all parents. All children are admitted by end of second week in September

We hold parent / teacher coffee mornings

End of September

An opportunity to learn a little more about Early Years, our curriculum and meet with your child’s Teacher / TA to discuss settling in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there wrap-around care available?

Yes.  Our Dragon's Club will offer wrap around before and after school care to all toilet trained children, including holiday club. This is not part of our 30 hour offer.  You need to book separately with Dragon Club for this.  Dragon Club is open:

7.45am - 9.00am

3.30 - 5.50pm

Please see Dragon Club section of the website for further details.   

 

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