Admissions to nursery school

Who comes to Church Hill?
We admit some children the term after they are 2, but most the term after they are 3 years old. If there are not enough spaces to admit all of the children on the waiting list, we will give priority to children:

  • who are in public care or are fostered under an arrangement made by the Local Authority
  • with known disabilities,  additional needs, or social problems (referred from another agency)
  • who are the oldest and who are living closest to the Nursery School
  • who are not attending another early years setting
  • who have had siblings who previously attended the Nursery School
  • whose parent(s) work at Walthamstow School for Girls (Church Hill)
  • whose family is in receipt of the 15 hr Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 2 year olds funding or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
  • have turned three whilst attending Church Hill under the 2 year old FEEE entitlement

How do I put my child on the waiting list?
You are able to put your child's name on the waiting list when they are 18 months old. Come to our front office, and we will fill in a Green waiting list form with you.

To find out more about us, please come to our Visiting Day. These are held on Wednesdays, term-time only, between 9.15am–11.30am and 1pm–3pm. These sessions can get full quickly so we recommend that you arrive early, or drop in to our reception or call to book an appointment. Coming to Visiting Day will help you and your child become familiar with the nursery staff, building, garden and routine.

2 year olds
Some families may be able to access 15 hours of free early education (FEEE) over a maximum of 38 weeks (15 x 38 = 570 hrs per year), which we provide as term-time only. We may also be able to offer such places on a paid-for basis from time to time.

The Government decides if a family is entitled to the 15 hrs FEEE for 2 year olds. To find out if you are eligible, go to Childcare Choices at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. To apply you will need to register and set up a Childcare Account, which you can do by following the links on this website.

3 and 4 year olds and the 15 hours FEEE
From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September after their third birthday, a child is entitled to at least 15 hours per week of Free Early Education (FEEE), over a maximum of 38 weeks (15 x 38 = 570 hrs per year).

3 and 4 year olds and the 30 Hours FEEE
Some families may be able to access 30 hours of free early education (FEEE) over a maximum of 38 weeks (30 x 38 = 1140 hrs per year), also 1 January, 1 April or 1 September after the child’s third birthday.

The Government decides if a family is entitled to this 30 hrs FEEE. To find out if you are eligible, go to Childcare Choices at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. To apply you will need to register and set up a Childcare Account, which you can do by following the links on this website.

3 and 4 year olds and wraparound hours
We offer additional hours to the FEEE for 3 and 4 year olds, at a rate of £5.50 per hour, in the following patterns:

8am – 4pm (38 weeks/term-time only) or
8am – 6pm (38 weeks/term-time only) or
8am – 6pm (48 weeks of the year)

On days you do not require a long day you will still be expected to bring your child to a 3-hour session. When children come to school every week day they build stronger social bonds with other children and with staff, and this aids their development. They also get used to having a weekday routine, which is helpful for all the family as preparation for primary school.

Starting nursery school
Before your child starts Nursery School, families receive a copy of our Welcome Book and our eSafety booklet. These include information including how we can work together, safeguarding advice and guidelines, and staying safe with digital technologies.

For a more detailed view of our admissions policy & process, please click on our Admissions Policy below.

  1. Visiting Day
  2. Admissions_and Transitions Policy_ February 2017