All three and four year-olds are eligible for 15 hours per week of free early education. The new entitlement provides an additional 15 hours of free childcare for eligible children. Households will be eligible for an additional 15 hours free entitlement where
● Both parents are working, or one parent is working in lone-parent families.
● Both parents are working but one or both parents is temporarily on maternity, paternity or adoption leave.
● Both parents are working but one or both parents is temporarily on statutory sick pay.
● One parent is employed and one parent is disabled, incapacitated or has substantial caring responsibilities.
● Parents must earn a minimum weekly amount equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage, and less than £100,000 per year, per parent.
At Hithefield we aim to offer the equivalent of 72 x 30 hour places in order to support our community. This balance of provision is expected to meet the community’s requirements, however, we will be flexible with the exact number of 15 and 30 hour places in order to meet the changing annual requirements of our community.
Full-time places start at 9:15 to 3:15pm
A part time place is offered as follows: Monday and Tuesday – all day 9:15am to 3:15pm AND Wednesday from 9:15am to 12:00pm Wednesday from 12:15pm to 3:15pm and all day 9:15am to 3:15pm on Thursday and Friday.
‘Wrap-around’ care (before and after-school provision, 7:45am to 9:15am and 3:15pm to 6pm, is also available to Nursery children through our breakfast and after-school provision. Places are offered in accordance with the nursery offer criteria and subject to availability.
Allocation of Places
Places are allocated in line with the following criteria irrespective of whether a child is eligible to 15 or a 30 hour place.
1. Children recommended for a nursery place at Hitherfield by the Disability or Locality TAC (Team Around the Child), or who are looked after by the local authority or who have an allocated social worker.
2. Children with professionally supported educational, medical or social needs, e.g. children who are recommended for a place at the school by the Disability or Locality TAC (Team Around the Child)
3. Children with a brother or sister currently attending the school and who will still be at the school when the child is admitted.
4. Children of staff at the school. A member of staff for the purposes of this criterion must be employed by Hitherfield Primary School for a minimum of 0.6fte (16.5 hours teaching staff) and this employment must have been for at least 3 years at the time of submitting the application.
5. Children who live nearest to the school on the basis of distance between the child’s home and the school, measured by a straight line.
Once a place is offered you will be invited to an admissions meeting to complete an enrolment form. You will be required to provide the following documents in this meeting: a. Full Birth Certificate b. Proof of address (this must be either a Council Tax Bill, a tenancy agreement, Child Tax Credits. The allocation of a starting date will be delayed and possibly withdrawn if these items are not supplied in an appropriate timeframe.
Transition to Primary School Admission to Reception and all other classes
Applications to Reception and all other classes are made through the Lambeth Central Admissions process and places are offered according to the criteria laid out on the Lambeth Website.
Transition to Primary School
Admission to Reception and all other classes are made through the Lambeth Central Admissions process and places are offered according to the criteria laid out on the Lambeth Website.