Scientia Nursery Admissions
We are now offering both 15 and 30 hours of funded nursery provision (places for 30 hours will be limited and will be subject to eligibility).
30 hour childcare
Working parents in Staffordshire could receive 30 hours a week of funded childcare for their 3 and 4 year old children. The 30 hours childcare offer doubles the existing 15 hours childcare funding currently available to all 3 and 4 year olds and could save working families up to £5,000 a year.
What's the criteria?
Each parent (or lone parent) earns at least the minimum equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum wage or national living wage, this equates to earning at least:
- £120 per week (or £6000 a year) for each parent aged 25 years and older.
- £112.80 per week (or £5800 a year) for each parent aged 21-24 years.
You will not be eligible if:
- Either parent earns more than £100,000 a year.
- Either parent is a non-EEA national and subject to immigration control and has no recourse to public funds.
If you think you are eligible or are interested in paying for additional hours then please come and see Mrs Cotton in the office.
Further information about the 30 hours of funded nursery provision can be found here.
Scientia Academy handles its own admissions for Nursery places, application forms are available from September for the following academic yearly intake. You will be informed of your place on the waiting list as soon as you submit your application form. In order to qualify for a place in September your child needs to be 3 years old before the 31st of August.
Admission Arrangements for Nursery Places at Scientia Academy
The Application process is currently open and parents will be placed on a waiting list for admission in either September or January intake depending on child’s age . Parents will be informed of their place on the waiting list. Please either print the form off or collect a form from the school office.
Children whose date of birth falls on or after the 01/09/2015 can apply for their child to start Nursery at the start of the next term following their child’s 3rd birthday.
Children whose date of birth falls between 01/09/2016 to 31/08/2017 can apply for their child to start in September 2020.
If the total number of application forms received for admission to the Nursery exceeds the number of available places, then the following order of priority will be used to allocate the available places.
- Children whose date of birth falls between 01/09/2016 to 31/08/2017.
- Children in care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order)
- Children who satisfy both of the following tests:
- Test 1: the child is distinguished from the great majority of other applicants either on their own individual medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances. Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend Scientia nursery rather than any other nursery.
- Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of nursery and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the specific economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer, and be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend Scientia nursery rather than any other nursery.
- Test 2: the child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred nursery setting. Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience, which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school. Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.
- Children who have an elder brother or sister in attendance at the school and who will still be attending the school (or affiliated junior school) at the time of the proposed admission date.
(For admission purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners.)
Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the nursery setting, determined by a straight-line measurement.
There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to Scientia Nursery.
Admissions will be processed by Scientia Academy.
Attendance at a particular Nursery school will not guarantee admission to any particular primary school. Parents must make a separate application for admission to primary school at the appropriate time.
In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names a particular school as being the most appropriate to meet the child’s needs must be admitted to that school. This will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.
Children in Care means children who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required in order for the application to be assessed against the published admissions criteria, Scientia Academy will not seek to obtain this information on behalf of the applicant.
The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent/carer’s main and genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relatives address will not be considered for allocation purposes.
Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the school week, parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.
If a place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address then that place is likely to be withdrawn.
If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who live in the same block of flats, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will be randomly selected. This process will be independently verified.
Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria stated above and not based on the date their application was received. If places become available after the offer date they will be offered according to the child at the top of the waiting list. Waiting list will be kept until the end of the Autumn Term of admission.
A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year, i.e. they can go up or down the list since each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the over-subscription criteria listed above.
There is no statutory right of appeal for admission to Scientia Nursery Academy. Any disputes over the administration of the policy will be dealt with by Scientia Academy complaints procedure.