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Applications are assessed by the admissions panel, who offers places with particular consideration given to:

  1. Looked-after or adopted children
  2. Children ‘at risk’ (or the sibling of a child ‘at risk’) who are subject to a child protection plan
  3. Children subject to a child in need plan
  4. Children subject to a CAF
  5. Children identified by  children’s centre or other professionals as ‘in need’
  6. Children who have a sibling attending the nursery at the time of entry
  7. Children living nearest to the nursery and resident in the reach area
  8. Children of an appropriate age to ensure a balance of places across the age range and a balance of boys and girls
  9. Children of staff at the school

Application Form

You can apply for a place for your child using the forms available through the Download Centre or by picking up an application form from our reception

Once your application form has been submitted, we will need to see the original copies of your child’s birth certificate and a proof of address for your child (please refer to application form for examples).

We will make copies of the documents and return it to you.

Please note that if you are applying for a 2 year old FREE place you will also need to provide us with your confirmation letter from Southwark Council stating that you are eligible for a free 2 year old place.

Your application will processed on the basis that these documents will be provided but failure to do so may affect whether or not your application is successful.


Admission into 2 year old free early learning provision.

Eligibility

From September 2013, some 2 year olds are entitled to a free 15 hour place if they live in Southwark and meet the following criteria:

– In receipt of Income Support
– In receipt of Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
– In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance
– Receives support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
– Receives guarantee element of State Pension Credit
– Receives Child Tax Credit (with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) and are not in receipt of Working Tax Credits (except during the four week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week)
– Have children who are looked after by the local authority or adopted

Please visit the Southwark Council Webiste for more information.


Admission into 3 – 5 year old nursery education provision

If a child is not already in the in two year old provision, he or she may be placed on the waiting list at the age of 2 years by completing an application form. Admission into the nursery school section is from the age of three. Children who reside in the London Borough of Southwark are given priority over those who are outside the borough. Applications are assessed by the headteacher, who offers places with particular consideration given to:

  1. Looked-after or adopted children
    2. Children who are subject to a child protection plan
    3. Children subject to a child in need plan
    4. Children with educational, medical or social need supported by professional documentation (CAF)
    5. Children attending the two year old free early learning provision at Ann Bernadt
    6. Children who will have a sibling attending the nursery at the time of entry
    7. Children living nearest to the nursery and resident in the reach area
    8. Children of an appropriate age to ensure a balance of places across the age range and a balance of boys and girls

All children are eligible for 15 hours free nursery entitlement the term after their third birthday.

In exceptional circumstances funding will be provided by Southwark for a child to attend for five full days a week, in which case funding will be provided for 25 hours per week. This will only apply if:

– a child is subject to a Child in Need Plan or Child Protection Plan AND Children’s Social Care and the school/setting agree that it is in the best interests of the child that they attend for five full days a week, or
– the school has identified through a CAF that a child is likely to be at risk of needing a safeguarding referral unless additional hours are provided.


Additional hours and ‘top up’

If parents require additional hours outside of the free 15 hours entitlement these can be provided at an additional cost. This is sometimes referred to as ‘top up’. The aim of providing this service is to support working or studying families.

Additional hours outside of the free entitlement will be allocated under the following criteria:

  1. Children with a Local Authority funded place
    2. Families working and in receipt of working tax credit
    3. Both parents/single parent family in full-time work
    4. Both parents/single parent family studying with a funded childcare place
    5. One parent in full-time work
    6. One parent studying with a funded childcare place

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

All Children receive their free 15 hours entitlement.

The Local Authority provides 15 hours of funding for children who require one to one support through the statutory assessment process. The maximum funding the nursery can receive for a child’s Statement of Educational Needs in nursery provision is 15 hours.

The Local Authority does not provide funding for additional hours outside of the free entitlement. Therefore there is currently no Local Authority funded provision for one to one support, outside of the free 15 hours entitlement.

Additional support can be provided at cost.