As you may be aware, from September 2017 the government are offering 30 free hours of childcare for 3 and 4 year olds whose parents meet the following criteria:
Your child will be aged 3 or 4+
- Both parents must be working, or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
- Each parent earns on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
- Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
- You live in England.
We have a number of additional places to be able to offer 30 hours of term time only education at Highfield. Alternatively, should capacity allow, we can stretch the offer to enable you to take 22 hours per week over 50 weeks of the year. The holiday hours will be offered through Early Years @ Highfield with term time hours in the Nursery School. We will try to accommodate every parent’s needs, so please feel free to talk to us if you have any questions or queries.
To check eligibility for the 30 extended hours provision, go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk . Once you have created an account, you will need to obtain a code and bring it in to nursery, this will confirm your eligibility. Once we have the code we can confirm your 30 hour entitlement and places will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Highfield Nursery School – Admissions Policy
This policy sets out how the admissions system works for Highfield Nursery School.
Highfield Nursery School is committed to providing a fair and open admissions system where each applicant is considered fairly and objectively.
We aim to deliver flexible care and education in a way which supports all parents, assists those who work and those seeking to work. We offer places in line with guidelines set out by SCC regarding lengths of sessions.
We are committed to all families having equality of opportunity and working towards including children of all needs. Please see our Equality Policy
If you require any further help or explanation about anything contained here please contact our school office on 01473 742534.
Any child can attend Highfield Nursery School, there is no catchment area.
Your child can stay in nursery until the September following their 4th birthday, when a reception class place will be offered.
Children can attend Highfield Nursery School until statutory schools age; after they are five and are eligible to receive 15 hours entitlement during their year after their fourth birthday. If parents choose to do this instead of taking a place in reception, they will then be offered a place in year one and enter year one of formal schooling.
Attendance at Highfield Nursery School does not guarantee a place at any specific school and parents must apply separately for the school of their choice.
Places are offered on sessional availability.
We are able to offer places to children taking up government funded hours and in addition to this children can access fee paying places.
Places are offered in date of birth order, oldest to youngest.
Preference will be granted to a child wanting five sessions.
A child who is a looked after child will always be admitted regardless of numbers in nursery.
Number of Places
We have 104 nursery school places offering 15 government funded hours per week and 16 places per day in our Butterflies class, but each setting can offer additional paid sessions. Please ask at the office for further information.
- The number of children that can be admitted to our nursery will depend on a number of things including how many children already attend our nursery, their ages, the amount of floor space we have and the staffing ratios we must have.
- The governors also consider the local demand for places the age ranges of the children wanting a place. If there is unexpectedly high demand we will let Suffolk Early Years and Childcare Services know and work with them to support parents to find places in the locality of their children.
- Wherever possible, we will try to give your child a place at nursery. Sometimes we may be able to offer you a place but the exact sessions you have requested may not be available. If this is the case, we will let you know and we can have a discussion about what we offer.
- If there are no places available we will add your child’s name to our waiting list. We would also advise you to contact the Family Information Service on 0345 60 800 33 who will be able to support you to find a place for your child.
- Sometimes there are fewer places than the number of children wanting them. If this happens, we use the oversubscription criteria in appendix 1 to help us decide who will be offered places.
If there are not enough spaces for children requesting places, and it is not possible to distinguish between applicants in a particular category then a random ballot will take place.
Points of admission
2 year olds – Butterflies Class
- Priority will be given to 2 year old children in receipt of government funding of 15 hours and a place offered to them the term after their second birthday. You can find the full 2 year old eligibility criteria on the Suffolk County Council Website.
- Any 3 year olds unable to take a place in the nursery classes will be offered places next.
- Fee paying children, aged two, three or four will next be offered places in date of birth order and will be eligible as soon as they turn two.
Our sessions run from 9-12 and 1-4 Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 9-12 on Friday.
Butterflies can access our lunch provision on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for an additional cost of £5.50 if this does not form part of the 15 hours free entitlement.
3 and 4 year olds – Nursery School
All 3 and 4 year olds become eligible for Early Education Funding from the start of the term following their third birthday, the current offer is for 15 hours free entitlement.
Free early education from beginning of
1st September to 31st December
Spring Term (after Christmas Holiday)
1st January to 31st March
Summer Term (after Easter Holiday)
1st April to 31st August
Autumn Term (after Summer Holiday)
We allocate places first to children wanting 5 sessions. At Highfield Nursery School the session for 3 and 4 year olds wanting 5 sessions can be taken in early or late week blocks, mornings or afternoons. Our sessions run from 9-12 and 1-4 Monday to Friday during term time. We can offer an additional paid for hour of care between 12 and 1pm which means that a child can access early years care and education with us from 9am – 4pm. The 15 hours provision offered in Butterflies can be tailored to individual circumstances. Please talk to us if you would like more details to help you decide what pattern of attendance is best for your child.
Lunch is provided every day, cooked on site with fresh ingredients at £1.50, plus the care totalling £5.30 for the 12noon-1pm period.
We will list applicants wanting 5 sessions in date of birth order (oldest to youngest)
Your child can stay in nursery until the September following their fourth birthday, when a reception class place will be offered.
Parents can purchase additional time over the lunch period and also in other session times if there is availability between 9am and 4pm
Breakfast time sessions are 8am – 9am, and care beyond 4pm – 5:30pm is offered in daycare and parents should contact them directly to arrange this.
Additional hours of childcare can be purchased at £4.00 per hour for 2 year olds and £3.80 for 3 and 4 year olds and should be booked through the school office.
Please see our charges and remissions policy for further details and non payment of fees schedule,
Additional sessions booked on a regular basis will remain allocated throughout the year, subject to fees being kept up to date and receipt of our “additional hours” request form. A period of a half term will be required to change the sessions pre-booked parents will be asked to sign the paid for hours application form which states when payment is due and agreement to our charges and remissions policy and procedure.
Days off for illness or other reasons cannot be refunded, unless exceptional circumstances are agreed with the headteacher. Payment should normally be made via Parentmail. Parents not wishing to use this system should discuss this with a member of the office team.
We reserve the right to reallocate a place following a period of 4 weeks non attendance.
We accept payment by childcare vouchers – please ask for the scheme details.
Occasional bookings for additional sessions should be made through the main office and are subject to availability. Payment for these should be made in advance.
Breakfast 8am-9am and afterschool care 4pm-5.30pm are provided through our daycare and enquires should be made through them for the provision of this sevice.
Children attending full days can use their funded hours from 9-12, 1-4, with the lunchtime of care and education as a chargeable item. E.g. A child having all day care and education on a Monday and Wednesday would be eligible to use 12 hours of funding and would need to pay for two lunches, the additional 3 hours funded entitlement could be taken with us or elsewhere. We will only claim government funding for 6 hours for each full day.
We recognise that the cost of registered childcare and education may seem expensive to a parent/career. However, providing a high quality, safe and stimulating service is costly and to ensure the continued high standards and sustainability of the service, we must ask parents and carers respect our policy in respect of fees.
When a parent/carer contacts the setting enquiring about a place for their child, the administration process will be explained. They will be informed whether there is currently a place available for their child and/or when a place may become available.
If a place is available the parent/carer and the child will be invited to visit the setting. This is an ideal opportunity for parent/carers to ask questions about the setting. If the parent/carer agrees to abide by all the terms and conditions of administration, including the level of fees and arrangements for payment, if applicable they will be asked to arrange a home visit and then a pre-sessional visit and a start date for the child will be agreed.
Inductions visits are arranged to enable the child to settle in at Highfield Nursery School and offered free of charge.
If there is no availability at the time of inquiry a child can be added to our waiting lists if the parent is happy to do so.
If there are more applications that places available, the school will then use the following criteria to decide:
NB Children (ages 3 or 4 years old) that have an Education, Health and Care plan which names your nursery must be offered a place.
- Looked after children (Children in Care) and previously looked after children (children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after).
- Children who are the subject of a recognized child protection plan (under current legislation and drawn up by social care services) where a specific school nursery placement is identified.
- Children wanting to take their full free entitlement with you (15 hours)
- Date of birth – for example you may choose to allocate places in each school year group in date of birth order (oldest to youngest).
- Children also wanting to purchase hours in addition to their free entitlement.
- Children who are already in your provision and wish to extend their hours with you.
- Children of UK services personnel.
- Children of Gypsies, Roma, Travellers, refugees and asylum seekers.