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Admissions Policy and Procedure
We are committed to a fair and equal system for admitting children to Bram Longstaffe. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that education and childcare places available within the Centre are allocated in accordance with the Cumbria County Council Admission Policy, the Neighbourhood Nursery Initiative and the Children’s Centre Initiative criteria.
To draw up a list of children whose parents/carers wish them to attend Bram.
To hold information which will enable us to take best care of the children.
When the Nursery Schools part time places are oversubscribed, places will be allocated in the following order of priority. There will be the aim to be fair to all children:
1. For Nursery Education (termly entry)
Criteria for Admission:
`Where a child has been accessing the free entitlement for 2 year olds in daycare that is directly associated with a maintained nursery school or unit, for a minimum of 15 hours per week for two terms immediately prior to the child becoming eligible for free entitlement, they shall receive priority for admission to that maintained nursery school in order to preserve continuity. This is particularly important for children who are receiving funded places for two year olds because these places are directed towards the most disadvantaged children. High quality provision, of which continuity is an element, is essential towards improving outcomes for these children.’
· Children who are Looked After;
· Children with a high level of need who have been referred by a Social Worker, Health professional, Pre-School Specialist Support Teacher, Special Needs Officer or the Traveller Referral Team;
Children (age 3) are entitled to 15 hours funded education places per week.
Where places are limited sessions will be allocated according to criteria.
Where 15 hours are not available parents/carers will be offered some hours with information about how other childcare settings can be accessed.
2. Neighbourhood Nursery Initiative Childcare
Children are admitted on an ongoing basis.
A waiting list is kept.
In emergencies temporary places will be allocated to Social Services.
When the day-care places are oversubscribed places will be allocated in the following order of priority: