The pre-school is open to every family in the community: it is non-denominational. The waiting list is operated on an age and availability system with the priorities being catchment followed by siblings. Children should be registered by the half-term of the term before they wish to start, otherwise they will only be accepted if there are spaces. Children generally start at the beginning of the term in which they celebrate their third birthday. It helps if children are toilet trained when they start pre-school, although of course staff are willing to remind them, and assist where necessary.
Children may start mid-term if they are old enough and spaces are available. A fee of £25 is payable on registering a child. It is not refundable if you subsequently decide not to accept a place. Unfunded children should attend a minimum of two sessions per week. Funded children are obliged to attend a minimum of three sessions per week with scope to increase to five sessions, places permitting. In line with government funding, the maximum number of sessions that can be allocated to your child is five per week. Exceptionally, where there is availability, it may be possible to increase this on a term-by-term basis. Priority will be given to residents of the parishes of Kidmore End and Mapledurham; children with a brother or sister already at pre-school; age of child, date name entered on waiting list and children who hope to attend Kidmore End C.E. (Aided) Primary School. Please note that completing a registration form does not guarantee that your child will be offered a place; all places are subject to availability. Please also be aware that attending the pre-school does not guarantee your child a place at Kidmore End Primary School. All parents/carers must also complete an admission form before their child starts at pre-school. Please provide as much information as possible about your child, so that we can prepare for him or her.
Each term we run an ‘Open Afternoon’ for prospective children and their parents and carers to visit the pre-school and meet the staff. This will be at a time when there is no session in progress to enable the staff to give you and your children their full attention. The registrar will be able to tell you when the next ‘Open Afternoon’ will be held.
We want your child to feel happy and safe at the pre-school. To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help your child to settle into the pre-school. The pre-school has a policy about helping children to settle into the pre-school; you will receive a copy before your child starts at pre-school.