Admission to our Nursery
Our Nursery offers both full time (30 hours) and part-time (15 hours) with places for the morning and afternoon sessions for pupils whose 4th birthday falls between 1st September of the year of admission and the following 31st August. Should there be vacant places, the Governing Body will consider places for children at the start of the term after their 3rd birthday.
Our Nursery, comprising of 3 spacious rooms and private grounds, is led by our Teacher Mrs L. Lloyd, our Nursery Nurses are Mrs R Acheson and Mrs K Normanton and our Teaching Assistant is Miss Edwards.
We do not have a compulsory uniform for our Nursery children but we do advise our parents/carers on suitable clothing for the activities the children will be doing. We find that our parents/carers like the clothing we advise as it is cheaper for them and there are no arguments at home about what to wear! We advise and encourage:
- dark blue jogging bottoms
- white polo shirt
- dark blue jumper/cardigan
- white socks
- sensible trainers or shoes (bear in mind they may be climbing so no open toed shoes or sandals)
- a waterproof coat
Parents/Carers seeking a place in our Nursery are asked to read the information below and then contact the school office.
Please note that admission to our Nursery class does not guarantee a place in our Reception class so please ask our school Business Managers – Mrs Naylor and Mrs Shaw –in the school office.
All parents are eligible for the current 15 hours free childcare provision, but you may be entitled to the 30 hour free entitlement . Please check your eligibility via the link below.
APPLICATIONS CAN NOW BE MADE FOR "30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE" www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/taxfree/childcare
Please bear in mind that if you are not eligible for the extended 30 hours entitlement we can offer additional hours at a charge of £5.00 per hour for any care beyond the free 15 hours entitlement. We can also offer an additional 30 minutes provision beyond 30 hours from 3pm - 3.30pm to support end of school day pick up at a cost of £3.00 per day.
Part time - 9am -12noon (15 hours) or 12noon - 3pm (15 hours) with the option of extending to 3.30pm - see above
Full Time 9am - 3pm (30 hours) with the option of extending to 3.30 - see above. Our Full Time children must bring a packed lunch with them. No fizzy drinks or glass bottles are allowed.
Our Nursery children all receive free milk each day!
We will do everything we can to support you with your child care needs. Please contact Mrs Shaw in the school office to discuss these.
Please also see our NURSERY ADMISSIONS POLICY below and have a look at our Nursery class page in the CHILDREN tab - NURSERY for additional information
Nursery Admissions Policy 2020-21
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is run by its Governing Body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with its Trust Deed and Instrument of Government and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.
If the number of preferences received is less than the admission number, then all preferences will be met. However, when there are more applications than places available, priority will always be given to Catholic applicants in accordance with the oversubscription criteria listed below. By applying to this school, parents or carers are declaring their support for the aims and ethos of the school.
The Governing Body has responsibility for admissions to the Nursery and intends to admit 39 full time equivalent pupils to the Nursery in each school year.
All parents/carers can access up to 15 universal hours per week. Parents/carers may be entitled to an additional 15 hours. They can go to the government website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/taxfree/childcare to check this eligibility.
Our policy is to admit children to Nursery classes each year if their fourth birthday falls between 1st September of the year of admission and the 31st August of the following year. Should there be vacant places, the Governing Body will consider places for children at the start of the term after their 3rd birthday.
School Intakes for Nursery
We have 3 intakes for the Nursery class: September; January; April
Whilst being able to consider applications for early admission into the Nursery if places are available, the Governing Body reserve the right to postpone any offer of a place in the following circumstance:
• If it is identified that a child’s needs cannot be met without additional funding or support which is not available until that child reaches statutory nursery age, then the offer of a place will be postponed until then
Mid-term applications will be considered and an offer of a place will depend on the availability of a place and the access of funding from the Local Authority. If a place is available but funding cannot be accessed, then the place will be deferred until the next intake (September, January, April).
If there is more than one application for one available place the Governors will make their decision using the Oversubscription Criteria listed. Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to that criteria.
Change of Hours
The Governing Body will consider applications from parents/carers to increase or decrease the hours their child attends Nursery. Applications must be on the form available from the school office and four weeks’ notice is required from the date the form is received in school.
Admission to Reception Class
It should be noted that early admission into the Nursery does not guarantee a subsequent place in the Reception class of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary school. The usual school Admissions Forms should be completed and applications made in accordance with the main school Admissions Policy.
At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered in the following order of priority:
1. Looked After Children from Catholic Families or children from Catholic families who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order with a sibling who attends St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse.
2. Looked After Children from Catholic Families or children from Catholic families who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order
3. Baptised Catholic children with a sibling who attends St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse.
4. Baptised Catholic children who live in the defined area.
5. Other baptised Catholic children.
6. Other looked after children or other children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order with a sibling who attends St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse.
7. Other looked after children or other children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order
8. Other children with a sibling who attends St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Brighouse
9. Other children.
Where the offer of places to all the applicants in any of the categories listed above would still lead to oversubscription, the available places will be offered to those living nearest to the school. ‘straight line distance’ will be used as the measure (see notes).
If two or more pupils live equidistant from the school, the distance each pupil lives by road from the preferred school will be measured and the place offered to the pupil who lives nearest by this means. In the event of this being equal, places will then be decided by random allocation (see notes).
Where there is more than one application from a postal address contained within a block of flats, places will be decided by random allocation (see notes).
Application Procedures and Timetable
Applications, made on the Application Form available from school, must be submitted to the school; marked for the attention of the Business Manager, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Brighouse, HD6 2NT.
Unsuccessful applicants will be given reasons related to the over-subscription criteria listed above. As there is no right of appeal for pre-statutory school age pupils, the Governors’ decision is final. The Governors wish to register their regret if they are unable to offer your child a place in the Nursery.
Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will follow the order of the oversubscription criteria set out above. Names are taken off the list at the end of the academic year.
Children with an Education, Health & Care Plan
Children with an Education, Health & Care Plan that names the school must be admitted as long as the school is able to meet the needs of the child as stated in the Plan. This will reduce the number of places available to applicants. This is not an oversubscription criterion.
The admission of pupils with an Education, Health & Care Plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure. This procedure is set out in the 1996 Education Act. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
Notes (these notes form part of the over-subscription criteria)
Catholic: Means a member of a church in communion with the See of Rome. A certificate of baptism in a Catholic church, or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church, will normally evidence this or alternatively a letter from a parish priest confirming membership of a church in communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches.
Child Looked After: Has the same meaning as in section 22 of the Children Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them e.g. children with foster parents.
Children Looked After from Catholic Families: This has a dual meaning. It could be the child themselves who are baptised Catholic or it could be the family who are caring for the child that is Catholic. If it is the child who is a baptised Catholic normal rules apply and a baptism certificate should be seen by the admission authority. However, (in limited situations) this may not always be possible and in these cases the admission authority should seek to ensure that there is evidence that the child has been baptised. If a child is placed with a Catholic family who wish the child to have a Catholic education this should be evidenced by a letter from a priest evidencing the baptism of the parent carer.
Defined area: Is a geographical area. Please see boundary maps available for inspection in school (boundaries determined by the Diocese of Leeds).
Siblings (brother or sister): Includes children with a brother or sister (including step-siblings, adoptive siblings and foster siblings) of statutory school age, living at the same address, in attendance at the same school on the date of admission.
Twins or triplets (or multiple births): Where a family of twins or triplets request admission and if one sibling has been offered the 30th or last place the ‘excepted pupil’ rule comes in and the other twin/triplets are offered a place.
Live: In all categories “live” means the child’s permanent home address. A child is normally regarded as living with a parent or guardian and we will use the parent or guardian’s address for admission purposes. You cannot lodge a child with a friend or relation in order to gain a place at a school. For admissions purposes only one address can be used as a child’s permanent address. When a child lives with more than one parent/carer, at different addresses, we will use the preference expressed by the parent/carer at the address where the child lives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence.
Straight line distance: In all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criterion, children living nearest to the school, using a straight line measure, have priority. i.e. distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil’s home to the closest designated school gate. Distances will be calculated using the LA’s Geographical Information System (GIS). To ensure consistency, all measurements will be carried out by the LA’s GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered. Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data. This is the point which distance measurements will be taken from).
Random allocation: This is only to be used when the last place to be offered would fall into one of the two categories above i.e. children living in a block of flats or children who live equidistant from the school using straight line distance criterion. An independent person will be used to make the random selection.
Visits to the Nursery by prospective pupils and their parents/carers by prior appointment are welcomed.
For further information on these admission arrangements, please refer to www.stjosephsbrighouse.org.uk (Parent&Carer Tab – Admissions – Nursery) or call the school office: 01484 713037