Admissions


Under new government legislation, all nursery school admissions criteria have been revised in the light of new funding provisions, and from September 2017, new admissions criteria will apply for 3 and 4 year olds. The current provision for rising 3s will remain unchanged.
For admissions during the remainder of the 2016-17 school year only, please scroll down the page.
Admissions criteria from September 2017 for three- and four- year olds

At present, all three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare a week for up to 38 weeks a year, and this entitlement will continue. From September 2017, the government will increase free childcare to 30 hours a week (for up to 38 weeks a year). This is part of the Childcare Act 2016. However, this increase will only be available to families who meet certain criteria.

Eligibility for the additional free entitlement will include households where:

  • All parents (whether two-parent families or lone parents) are working and earning the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the National Minimum or Living Wage (includes income received from tax credits or Universal Credit) and/or:
    • One/both parent/s is away on leave (parental,maternal etc.).
    • One/both parent/s is on Statutory sick pay.
  • Parents on zero-hours contracts will be eligible, as are those who are registered as self-employed.
  • One parent is employed and the other parent has either: substantial caring responsibilities and/or disability; is a foster-carer with their own three- and four- year old children
  • Parents who are in training will not be eligible as they can receive other Government support
  • There is an income cap. If one parent's income exceeds £100K the household will not be eligible.

For more information, see the Department for Education's (DfE) Childcare Bill. Made for Mums has a useful discussion here.

Admissions procedure

Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested, or complete the online Application Form. Visits to the Nursery are welcomed. Please ring 020 7582 9711 to arrange an appointment.

Please note: we will contact you by email to confirm receipt.

Admissions procedure for rising 3's

We are able to offer part time places to Rising 3’s who are eligible for the 2 Year Old Funding. To find out whether your two year old is eligible for a free early learning place, parents/carers need to complete the online application form after checking eligibility on the 'My Early Learning' LB Lambeth website. Alternatively, you can collect an application form by visiting Ethelred Nursery during open hours.

Admissions Criteria for Places Available up to July 2017

We have full time/part time and flexible provision for 3 & 4 year olds. We also have places for Rising 3’s eligible for the 2 Year Old funding. Paid provision is also available.

Free entitlement in the Nursery School

Admissions for Lambeth nursery schools and classes are based on the child’s age and priority need.  At Ethelred, there is one nursery class for 3 to 5 year old children. There are places for up to 55 children (38 full time; 17 am/17 pm).  This is accessed in a variety of ways – full time; part time am, part time pm; three days.  We aim to be responsive to parental childcare needs.

Allocation of Nursery Places

We follow the Lambeth Admissions criteria:

Group A

Children recommended for a nursery place at the school by the Disability or Locality TAC (Team around the Child), or who are looked after by the Local Authority or who have an allocated social worker.

Group B

3 and 4 year olds.

If there are more applications than places within the admission groups above, the school’s nursery admission criteria will be used to decide which children can be offered a place.

These are:

  1. Children looked after, or who have an allocated social worker who has provided written support of the application.
  2. Children who are recommended for a place at that school by the Disability or Locality TAC (Team around the Child).
  3. Children with professionally supported educational, medical or social needs. When deciding whether a child has an educational, medical or social need, the Headteacher will consider the child’s needs or circumstances, supporting evidence from other professionals, and the availability of nursery classes in neighbouring schools.
  4. Children with a brother or sister currently attending the school and who will still be at the school when the child is admitted.
  5. Children who live nearest to the school on the basis of distance between the child’s home and the school, measured by a straight line.
Rising 3’s

We are also able to offer part time places to Rising 3’s who are eligible for the 2 Year Old Funding. To find out whether your two year is eligible for a free early learning place, parents/carers need to complete the online application form after checking eligibility on the 'My Early Learning' LB Lambeth website. Alternatively, you can collect an application form by visiting Ethelred Nursery during open hours.

Full time Nursery places

Each school has been allocated a maximum number of full time nursery class places based on a deprivation formula. These places have been allocated across schools in the borough in line with new Government guidance. This is to create a consistent and equitable way of allocating full-time nursery places.  Places are offered from September 2010 using borough wide criteria shown below:

1. Children who are looked after, or who have an allocated social worker who has provided written support of the need for a full-time place as part of the Child’s Plan at that school.

2. Children who are recommended full a full-time place by a Team around the Child (TAC) Locality or Disability Panel.

3. Children in circumstances where the Headteacher considers a full-time place should be provided. To ensure equity across the borough the following two criteria must be met before the school identifies their own specific criteria. These are:

  • children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSMs) or newly arrived or asylum seeker and:
  • evidence to demonstrate that home circumstances could significantly affect a child’s well-being.

It is important to stress that parents have no right to a full-time place and the school will determine which children are eligible, based on information gathered from parents, home visits or other sources. Parents have no right of appeal if they are not allocated a place by the school.

New children are taken in at the beginning of the Autumn Term (September) and Spring Term (January) and occasionally at other times in the year if a place becomes unexpectedly available. Children start one by one with each new child admitted on a specific day at a specific time so that s/he can have individual attention from the assigned keyworker.

Paid Places

Depending on places available, parents/carers can choose to pay for additional sessions (Top Ups) or for the entire place. Contact the office on 020 7582 9711 to discuss requirements. Parents/carers will need to sign a contract before their child is admitted and children must attend for a minimum of two sessions.

Induction at Ethelred Nursery

Before your child’s start date we arrange a home visit, so that children, parents and practitioners can get to know each other and share important information.

‘Step into Nursery’ sessions arranged the term before children commence, provide an opportunity for children and parents/carers to get to know each other and the Nursery environment before the child starts.