We welcome children from all sections of the local community and place notices in local shops, community centres, schools and other places where families with young children are likely to see them. Children are accepted from the age of 2 to 6 years. Younger children may be placed on the waiting list.
- Places at The Children’s House are offered on a first come first served basis. Children with Special Educational Needs follow the same admissions procedure as any other child.
- A non-refundable deposit of £50 and a completed registration form are required to guarantee a child a place.
- A place can be reserved for a child to start at the beginning of a specific term.
- Children are invited to three shorter introductory mornings to familiarise themselves with the environment. The parent is invited to stay for most of the first session and as long as the child needs this support. On the final introductory morning a refundable deposit of £150 is then payable, it will be refunded provided that one terms written notice is given prior to the child leaving.
- We recommend all children attend for a minimum of three mornings rising to at least 4 mornings when they turn 4. We can however take 2 year olds for 2 mornings if this is deemed appropriate.
- Children may join The Children’s House from the term after they turn 2 years old, if the child is ready, and stay until they are 6 years old.
- Before the child starts, parents are encouraged to visit our school.
- A home visit is offered, usually before the introductory mornings and prior to the child starting. This is to help the child feel more comfortable with the staff and in particular their key person. It allows the staff to get a more relaxed view of the child in their own familiar surroundings as well as providing an insight into preferred activities and learning styles to help plan more specifically for the child, helping the settling in process. In addition it is an opportunity for the parents and key person to have informal time to get to know each other better. Usually two members of staff attend this visit including the family’s key person.
Some children take a little longer than others to feel comfortable and settle in. Parents are welcome to stay to help with this process and we can organise shortened sessions for a while to foster a smooth start. Children learn best when they are happy and relaxed so we work hard to achieve this from the start.
This policy was reviewed in autumn 2016
Date of next review: autumn 2017