Admissions to Nursery

Welcome to the Nursery Admissions page.  Here you will find the Nursery admissions procedures which outline how Nursery places are allocated. 
 
Children are eligible to start at Banks Road in the September following their third birthday.  We have just one intake each year.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to admit children during the academic year, in the term following their third birthday.
 
Application process
 
Register of Interest
Parents can register their interest for a nursery place at any time by contacting the school office.
 
Nursery Open Morning
In normal circumstances there will be a Nursery open morning on a Saturday in January. Parents and children are invited to come and look around the nursery and register an interest for September. This will ensure that contact details are current and application packs are sent to the correct address.  Sadly, for the September 2021 intake, we have been unable to hold an open morning due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Instead we invite you to take a look at our website, particularly the page for Applying for Nursery, and invite you contact the school office if you have any queries and questions.
 
Applications
Application packs will be sent out to everyone on our register of interest. Application packs will be distributed by in-school pupil post or by first class post on the first Monday after the February half term holiday.  The application window will be open for two weeks. Completed application forms must be handed in to a member of the office staff in person to ensure that places are allocated fairly. Office staff will record the date and time the form was collected.  Nursery sessions will be allocated on a first come first served basis in line with the allocation priorities listed below. If we cannot offer you your preferred choice, we will be in touch with you shortly after the closing date to discuss the options available.
 
Allocation priorities
Places will be allocated in line with the following criteria:
1. Children who are looked after by the local authority and previously looked after children, will be allocated the five standard nursery sessions requested.
2. Children who are looked after by the local authority and previously looked after children, will be allocated any additional sessions that they require within the 30 hour maximum.
3. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date, with a sibling attending Banks Road Infant School or the linked junior school at the time of admission will be allocated the five standard nursery sessions.
4. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date, without a sibling link will be allocated the five standard nursery sessions.
5. Children who live outside the catchment area with a sibling attending Banks Road Infant School or the linked junior school at the time of admission, will be allocated the five standard nursery sessions.
6. Children who live outside the catchment area at the closing date, without a sibling link will be allocated the five standard nursery sessions.
7. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date, with a sibling attending Banks Road Infant School or the linked junior school at the time of admission will be allocated additional sessions within the 30 hour maximum.
8. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date, without a sibling link will be allocated additional sessions within the 30 hour maximum.
9. Children who live outside the catchment area at the closing date, with a sibling attending Banks Road Infant School or the linked junior school at the time of admission will be allocated additional sessions within the 30 hour maximum.
10. Children who live outside the catchment area at the closing date, will be allocated additional sessions within the 30 hour maximum.
11. Any requests from the above applicants for additional “purchased” sessions will be considered.
 
Offers
Parents will be sent a letter containing their nursery place offer within two weeks following the application closing date.  Offers should be accepted, or otherwise, by the date specified (which will be set not later than the end of the Spring term); failure to do so in time may mean that the sessions originally offered to you will be offered to another child on the waiting list.
 
We anticipated a high demand for places once again in September 2021. 
 
ADMISSION TO THE NURSERY CLASS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN ENTITLEMENT OF A PLACE AT BANKS ROAD INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL NOR DOES IT PRECLUDE THE ADMISSION OF A CHILD TO ANY OTHER INFANT OR PRIMARY SCHOOL IN THE AREA.