At Old London Road Pre-School we take children from age two. Admission is on a first-come-first-serve basis. To apply for a pre-school place, parents should submit a completed application form with a £20 administration charge. We will confirm your child’s place, or advise you that they have been added to the waiting list.
All families must provide evidence of their child’s date of birth (birth certificate or passport) when they register at the preschool. We will keep a photocopy of this for administration and external audit purposes. We also require the child’s NHS number, which can be found in your child’s red book.
If a child turns two during the term and you wish them to start immediately after their second birthday, places can only be confirmed if you are willing to pay the full cost of keeping that place open. You may bring your child to your confirmed sessions before they are two if you are able to stay with them. This also helps with settling your child in. If you wish your child to start during the term and are flexible as to which sessions they attend, your child will be placed on a reserve list for your preferred sessions but will be moved to other sessions if that one is full at the time of your child starting.
We encourage attendance on a minimum of two days per week if available, as this helps a child settle in. However, we aim to offer the flexibility needed by children and their families.
Parents and staff will agree the best way to introduce a child to pre-school. Children and parents are invited to attend a few settling in sessions in the term prior to starting at the pre-school and we will work closely with families to help children settle in. While some children settle relatively quickly, others are more reluctant to part from their parent or carer. In these cases, parents and carers are welcome to stay with their child for all or part of the session, for as long as they feel is necessary.
We find that children adapt more quickly to the pre-school routine when they are allowed to settle at their own pace.