St Francis De Sales Catholic Infant And Nursery School

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Admissions

Admission Arrangements for Children with Disabilities


School has excellent transition procedures for learners joining or moving on to the next stage of
their education. When a learner with additional needs joins our school the SENDCo meets with the
child’s parents and key persons from the previous setting and gains as much information as possible
to support them with settling into the new school environment. Children joining our Early Years will
be invited for multiple visits in the summer term, and if additional needs are identified, we will
encourage further visits. We visit children at their current setting in the summer term and then the
child in their home in September before they start in our Nursery or Reception. Transition into our
setting is gradual for all children and this is further tailored for individual children to support them
with what they are ready for. Parents are recommended to register with their local Children’s Centre
to avail of their support in preparing their children for school. We work with the Children’s Centre
and Health Visitors to ensure we are supporting children who have additional needs as much as
possible before they start with us.
The child may be invited for transition visits and may be given photographs of school and staff. If a
child joins mid-year the process is the same, depending on how much notice we have been given.
When learners move on to a new year group the necessary level of support is given. When a learner
moves onto the next stage of their education the SENDCo discusses the individual's needs with the
SENDCo at their new setting and helps the learner prepare for their new adventure. We have
developed effective links with the Junior school to ensure a seamless transition for pupils.

Reception Admissions

Welcome to Reception

You can apply for a place from September in the year before your child turns 4 years of age. If your child was born between 1st September and 31st August, you should apply for their Reception place before mid-January.

The application period for September Reception admissions closes mid-January and applications are made online. You must apply via the council in which you live; to apply for a Reception place, please visit your council website. Before applying for a place, please read the admissions arrangements at the top of the page.

We hope that our website will give you a taste of the wonderful things that happen in our school. You can also click on the link above to our Twitter page.

Reception Induction Arrangements 

When your child is allocated a place in our school, there is a full induction process.  All new Reception parents/carers attend an induction meeting at school; this will give you the opportunity to meet teachers and find out more information about our school.  All new Reception children are visited in their home setting by a member of staff; if your child is attending a private day nursery, teachers will meet with your child's key worker.  As part of transition, 'Stay and Play' sessions are organised for small groups of both children and parents/carers to attend.  You will receive your child's induction timetable for September, as children are in smaller groups for a shorter amount of time to enable your child to become familiar and comfortable within the setting, the hours gradually increase until your child is attending full-time.

Nursery Admissions

Welcome to Nursery 

If your child turns three after 31 August, your child is entitled to 15 hours of funded nursery care each week. This is for 38 weeks each year and will begin the term after their third birthday. 

The hours are divided up into the following choice of sessions: 

  • Monday - Friday AM - 8:30-11:30am 
  • Monday - Friday PM - 12:30-3:30pm  

We also offer 30 hour sessions; some parents/carers are eligible for up to 30 hours of funded childcare/early education per week based on income/circumstances (for three to four-year-olds). You should apply for an extended entitlement  30 hour place after you have secured the 30 hours' free childcare eligibility code from the 'Childcare Choices' website.  To check your eligibility click the link below:

 

Eligibility check for 30 hours free childcare  

Click here for our online application form Nursery Application Form

Nursery Induction Arrangements 

When your child is allocated a place in our school, there is a full induction process.  All new Nursery parents/carers attend an induction meeting  to give you the opportunity to meet teachers and find out more information about our school.  All new nursery children are visited in their home setting by nursery staff, if your child is attending a private day nursery, teachers will meet with your child's key worker.  Stay and Play sessions are organised for small groups of both children and parents/carers to attend.  You will receive your child's induction timetable for September, as children are in smaller groups for a shorter amount of time to enable your child to become familiar and comfortable within the setting, the hours gradually increase until your child is attending for their full session.

Transferring Schools

If you are moving into the area or have recently moved into the area and would like a place at our school, please take a look at our class pages Year 1Year 2.  If you would like to apply for a place at our school, please  call the school office to arrange to collect an application form.  Once application is completed, this can be given to the school office along with a copy of your child's birth certificate and baptism certificate.  When a place is available, you will be contacted by Mrs Jennings, the Deputy Headteacher, who will arrange a meeting for parents and child to look around the school, discuss our expectations as a school and talk about your child (likes/dislikes, what they enjoy learning and any support educationally, socially or medically that they may need).