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Admissions

Nursery Tour Dates

If you would like to have a look around the nursery please email office@stnm.org.uk, ring 01273 454470 or visit the school office to book a tour.   

Summer Term Tour Dates

Thursday 16th May 9.20 a.m.

Thursday 23rd May 9.20 a.m.

Thursday 6th June 9.20 a.m. 

Please note that the last date to hand in applications for a September 2024 start will be Friday 7th June.  

Thursday 20th June 9.20a.m.

Monday 24th June 9.20 a.m.

Monday 8th July 9.20 a.m.

If these times and dates are not suitable for you, please call for an alternative date.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Age for Admission  

Little Fishes Nursery is open to pre-school children including 2 year olds approaching their third birthday as per the table below.  

If your child is born between:

They can start from:

1 January 2021 and 31 March 2021

January 2024

1 April 2021 and 31 August 2021

April 2024

1 September 2021 and 31 December 2021

September 2024

Start Dates

Children can start at the beginning of the Autumn, Spring or Summer terms subject to availability.

Session times

The nursery sessions operate from Monday to Friday 8.50am to 11.50am and from 12.00pm to 3.00pm.  If your child attends both morning and afternoon sessions on the same day the two sessions will run continuously from 8.50am to 3.00pm.  

Number of sessions

We strongly recommend children to apply for a minimum of 5 sessions per week to ensure that sufficient time is available to assess each child’s progress and to plan effectively for their development. 

Cost of sessions

For those children who do not receive funding, the cost of sessions is currently £17.00 per session.  This will rise to £18 from September 2024.

Admissions Policy

Please see our Little Fishes Nursery Admissions Policy below.  Please note that admission to the Nursery does not guarantee a place in the Reception class and parents with children in the school must not assume younger siblings will automatically gain a place.  The school may be oversubscribed and parents and carers are advised to look carefully at the Admissions Policy and seek advice to ensure that forms are correctly and fully completed.

Please contact the school office to enquire about places in our Nursery.

Up to 30 hours free childcare

What you need to know:

  • Parents of 2 years olds may be entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare over 38 weeks if:
    • You are in receipt of certain benefits such as Income Support of Universal credit.
    • Your child has Disability Living Allowance or an Education Health and Care (ECH) plan.
    • Your child is adpted/Under a Special Guardianship Order or are a Looked after child.
  • From 2 January 2024 applications opened for the new 2 year old free childcare for working families. This offer is available for those who work the equivalent of 16 hours at the national minimum wage, or more per week.
  • All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare over 38 weeks.
  • Working parents who meet the criteria could be entitled to an additional 15 hours free childcare over 38 weeks for their 3 and 4 year olds. Foster parent families may also be eligible for extended free childcare.
  • Further information on the expansion of childcare support can be found here -    https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/expansion-of-childcare-support/

What do I do next?

Find out more by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/childcare-and-early-education/ and the Governments childcare choices website; https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Please click on the link to open the childcare choices leaflet.

Headcount Day

Your child must be registered at your chosen childcare provider by Headcount day in order to access funding:

Autumn Term: 21st September 2023

Spring Term:   18th  January 2024 

Summer Term: Thursday 2nd May 2024

Payment

If your child attends the nursery for unfunded hours or little Octopus and Starfish clubs you can pay online via sQuid, by childcare voucher or by using the HMRC Tax Free childcare.  We are registered with a number of Childcare Voucher services:

  • Edenred Account Number – P20505430
  • Computershare Voucher Account Number – 0014629387
  • Kiddivouchers – Post Code: BN43 6PE; Ofsted: 126049
  • Sodexo Account Number: 178336
  • Co-op Childcare Account Number: 85104536
  • Care4 Account Number: 79894376
  • RG Childcare Number: 58270793229
  • Fideliti Childcare Vouchers – Use school name and Post Code: BN43 6PE
  • Salary Exchange.

Nursery Admission Policy for Sept 2023-2024

Nursery Admissions Policy for Sept 2024-2025

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