Admissions Policy

 

Download the-limes-admissions-policy-2016 as a PDF.

 

Rationale

We aim to provide a clear, consistent and fair admissions procedure for all, particularly where there are more applications than places available.

We have the following places available

  • 40 part-time Free Entitlement places in our 2 year olds group
  • Up to 8 paying places in our 2 year olds group
  • 140 part-time nursery places in our 3-4 year olds class

 

2 Year Old Free Entitlement

These places are allocated centrally by the Bristol City Council Early Years Team, according to published admission criteria determined by Central and Local Government.

Children can access a place the term after their second birthday.

To access a 2 year old free entitlement place parents must complete a Bristol City Council Admissions form.

 

Paying Places for 2 years olds

8 places are currently reserved for paying families in our 2 year olds group

To access a playing place parents must register their child’s details with our daycare manager Michelle Phillips.

Places are offered as they become available. As far as possible we aim to match the relevant sessions requested.

Packages must include a minimum of two core sessions per week, spread over at least two days so that children develop a rhythm and routine to their week.

Priority will be given to children living within the immediate local community of the Limes and/or the Limes’ Children’s Centre reach area (map is available at the Limes) and according to the following criteria:

(i) Children of families with specific needs (as identified in our general admissions policy for 3 year olds).
(ii) Children who have a sibling who are currently attending The Limes and will still be doing so when their brother or sister is admitted.
(iii) Older children. This means that if there is one space left and two children live within the priority admission area and/or children’s centre reach area, the older of the two will be given priority.

 

Paid sessions may be selected, according to availability from the following

  • Breakfast Club 8.15 am to 8.45 am
  • Morning Session 8.45 am to 11.45 am
  • All day Session 8.45 am to 3.30 pm
  • Afternoon Session 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm
  • Tea Club 3.30 pm to 5.15 pm

 

3 and 4 year olds in our Nursery School Classes

Our Nursery school is maintained by the Local Authority. Bristol Children’s and Young people’s services sets out clear principles and guidelines to nursery schools on the allocation of places in its ‘Revised Admissions Policy for Local Authority Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes’. This policy is available in the main office. The Limes Nursery School has a fair and clear way of allocating places in line with the Local Authority guidance.

In brief, this is as follows:

1. When children are 2 years old, parents are invited to complete an application to join our waiting list. They will be supported by staff in doing this and encouraged to provide as much information as possible.
2. Offers of places will be sent out in the first week of May, for the following September. Children may not start in our Nursery before they are three years old. Most children will start in the September after they are three.
3. The centre has an admissions panel consisting of four people with a range of expertise including at least one governor and the Head Teacher.
4. This panel meets regularly throughout the year to ensure a fair and transparent process in the offer of Nursery places at The Limes. Priority is given in the following order:

(i) Children already accessing their 2 year old Free Entitlement at The limes two year old provision (NB This does not include those children accessing paying day care)
(ii) Children in the care of the Local Authority
(iii) Other children in need. This includes those with a disability, special educational need or who are at significant risk of under achievement.
(iv) Children who have a sibling who are currently attending The Limes and will still be doing so when their brother or sister is admitted.
(v) Children who live within the priority admission area and/or children’s centre reach area.
(vi) Older children. This means that if there is one space left and two children live within the priority admission area and/or children’s centre reach area, the older of the two will be given priority.

 

Session Times

1. All children will be offered 15 hours. This will usually be 5 x 3 hour sessions Monday to Friday (term time only) mornings (8.45-11.45) or afternoon (12.30-3.30)
2. Some children may be offered five sessions over 2.5 days where the centre and parents agree it is in the best interests of the child and family. Sessions are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, Friday. In this case parents will be asked to pay for the 45 minutes lunch time session which is additional to the 15 hour free entitlement.
3. All parents will be offered the opportunity to meet with the Head Teacher or other senior member of staff to discuss any additional learning, development or social needs.
4. Where space is available after all eligible three year old children have taken up their free 15 hour entitlement, parents may apply to extend their child’s hours by buying additional sessions as set out below
 Breakfast Club 8.15 am to 8.45 am
 Wednesday Morning Session plus lunch 8.45 am to 12.30 pm
 Wednesday Afternoon Session plus lunch 11.45 pm to 3.30 pm
 Tea Club 3.30 pm to 5.15 pm

 

In-Year Admissions

1. If spaces are available, further places will be allocated in January to children who have reached their 3rd Birthday by December 31st. Offers of places will be sent out in the first week of November.
2. If spaces are available, further places will be allocated in April to children who have reached their 3rd Birthday by March 31st. Offers of places will be sent out in the first week of February.

 

The Admissions Process

1. When the offer of a place is made Parents will have an opportunity to review their first choice of session times.
2. Parents will be invited to visit the centre and meet centre staff, discuss their child’s needs, ask any questions they may have and confirm their acceptance of the offer of a place.
3. We will need to see the child’s birth certificate.
4. All families will be offered a home visit prior to the child’s start date. As far as possible an interpreter will be used where the family would like one. The home visit helps the child to make connections between home and school and to settle confidently.
5. We will ask the parent to stay for at least the first three sessions. Sometimes it may take several days or a week for the child to settle fully.
6. Most children will attend the Nursery School for one year and progress to their Primary School the following September when they are 4 years old.
7. Children have staggered start dates to enable them to settle happily.

The term ‘parent’ is used to denote all those who have responsibility for a child. This may include foster parents, step parents, grandparents or other carers.

Review date: June 2015