Our admissions

We are open to anyone who wants to join us and so accept children from Kimpton and the surrounding area (we do not intend to use distance from the preschool as eligibility criteria unless we become heavily oversubscribed). As a community preschool, rather than a private enterprise, our priority is the inclusion of as many eligible children as possible. To that end, we base our admissions on both a child’s age and their time on the waiting list. This means new additions to the area or parents with particular needs are not necessarily penalised for coming later to our list. However, as time on the waiting list is unavoidably one of our deciding factors, we advise registering your child as soon as possible because, at busy times, this will have an impact on the status of your registration.

Our criteria

When organising our admissions we consider the following criteria:

  • the age of the child, with priority given to children who are eligible for Free Early Education (FEE) entitlement
  • the length of time on the waiting list
  • our ability as a setting to meet the individual needs of the child
  • the vicinity of the home to the setting (if this becomes necessary due to numbers of children waiting).

We will give priority over all other children to the following:

  • Children Looked After and those in the care of Hertfordshire County Council
  • Children with Special Needs, who have been referred to us by another agency (including health and education authorities or social services).

You’ll find our Admissions 2019 policy here.

We aim to:

  • Offer a service that is accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community.
  • Make our procedures clear, easy to understand and implement.
  • Offer Free Early Education places in accordance with the Code of Practice for Herts County Council.
  • Keep places vacant to accommodate emergency admissions.
  • Develop practices that are welcoming to all families and to operate in a way that encourages positive regard for and understanding of all: this means gender, family structure, class, background, religion, ethnicity or competence in spoken English.
  • Support children and/or parents with disabilities so they can take full part in all activities within this setting.
  • Monitor the needs and background of children joining us to avoid inadvertent discrimination.
  • Consult with families about how we run, to ensure that we accommodate a broad range of needs.
  • Maintain flexibility over attendance patterns to accommodate the needs of individual children and families.