When can my child start?
Nursery school classes cater only for children aged three or four years old. Children will be admitted after their third birthday, normally at the beginning of a new term.
How many places are available?
This is a 100 place nursery offering 5 morning sessions and 5 afternoon sessions term time only.
How will places be allocated?
Northfleet Nursery School follows the admission criteria set by Kent County Council for selecting and offering places to local children. Children will be accepted in order of priority set by the Governors and staff of Northfleet Nursery School.
1. Looked after children (LAC)
2. Children referred by outside agencies with Special Needs
3. Date of Birth – older children having priority
4. Siblings currently attending Northfleet Nursery
5. Siblings of children currently attending catchment schools around the Nursery.
6. Distance measured in a straight line (as Primary admissions)
If the nursery is full, except in cases of need, children should have had their names on the waiting list for at least one term before entry can be considered. Entry will be as close as possible to the term following the third birthday and will be in order of age – within the criteria listed above.
Why wouldn’t my child get a place?
Where there are more requests for places than there are spaces available and where other children had a stronger claim to a place than your child (using the criteria listed above), places will have been offered by the nursery according to these criteria. There is no statutory right of appeal for a nursery place.
Do the sessions provided in these classes count as the funded nursery education to which my three and four year old is entitled?
Yes. From April 2004, all three and four year olds in Kent will be entitled to funded (part-time) early education. The sessions four year old pupils receive in KCC nursery classes count against this entitlement. If your child receives more than five sessions per week through a mixture of KCC nursery class and other pre-school provision, the sessions provided at the nursery class count first against your free entitlement. For example, if your child attends a KCC nursery class for five morning sessions and a pre-school for five afternoon sessions, your free entitlement will be taken as the five sessions provided at the nursery class: you will therefore have to pay for the pre-school sessions.
Does a place at the nursery class guarantee my child admission to the primary school?
No. It should be noted that admission to the nursery class does not guarantee admission to the primary school. You will need to apply for a place at the primary school in the same way as all other parents.
How do I apply for a place in the nursery school?
Complete the application form within this site and submit it to the nursery school. The nursery will contact you to inform you when your child can be offered a place.