It is our intention to make our setting accessible to children and families from all sections of the local
community. We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the setting through
open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.
- We ensure that the existence of our setting is advertised in places in the community, for example, websites, google, community magazine.
- We ensure that information about our setting is accessible, using simple plain English, in written and
spoken form and, where appropriate, provided in different community languages and in other formats
Children on the waiting list are eligible for places once they are two years old. Places are offered on the
- Priority is given to children who are eligible to receive the Free Early Education Entitlement Grant
- Non-funded children who are on the waiting list. Those who have been on the waiting longest will be
allocated places first.
- Parents/carers of siblings are encouraged to get their child’s name on the waiting list as early as possible.
- The number of children per session is approximately 35 but can go up to 40 if required. This is dependent on space and staff ratios.
- Schools have changed their intake times so that they only have one intake a year in September. This
means that the pre-school’s main intake for the year is also September. In order for the pre-school to
remain financially viable we will be unable to hold places open for children who have a Spring or
Summer birthdays. However, they are given priority should places become available and usually have
higher priority in the following Autumn term.
- If the parents/carers of an existing child (and the relevant primary school) decide that the child will
defer entry to school, then that child will maintain their place in the pre-school providing suitable
funding is in place. This will be discussed and liaised with the parents/carers and primary school for
the best outcome for the child.
- If a child is two years old and a place to start is offered but the parent/carer does not want the child to start
yet, the child will be returned to the waiting list until another place becomes available. It is a mutual
decision to defer a child if they are not ready and parents/carers are aware that that space may be allocated
to another child. This may mean they have to wait until the next main intake the following September
or the next available place.
- In a situation where the pre-school is full, the management will try and allocate the spaces in the
- We keep a place vacant, if this is financially viable, to accommodate an emergency admission.
- Our setting and its practices are welcoming and make it clear that fathers, mothers, other relations
and carers are all welcome with permission from the primary carer..
- Our setting and its practices operate in a way that encourages positive regard for and understanding
of difference and ability - whether gender, family structure, class, background, religion, ethnicity or
competence in spoken English.
- We support children and/or parents/carers with disabilities to take full part in all activities within our setting.
- We monitor the needs and background of children when joining our setting, to ensure that no
accidental or unintentional discrimination is taking place.
- We share and widely promote our Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality Policy.
- We consult with families about the opening times of our setting to ensure that we accommodate a
broad range of families' needs.
- We are flexible, wherever possible, about attendance patterns to accommodate the needs of
individual children and families, providing these do not disrupt the pattern of continuity in the setting
that provides stability for all the children and maintains the financial viability of the pre-school. Any ‘swaps’ in sessions are only considered on an individual basis.
- Failure to comply with the terms and conditions may ultimately result in the provision of a place being
- Children still pay for their session when on holiday or when they are sick to maintain their place. Payment during long term absences will be considered by the trustees.
This policy was adopted by Little Doves Christian Pre-School on 6th February 2017 and updated in March 2019