Nursery Admissions 2022

Welcome to St Mary’s


Nursery Class Information

All 3 and 4 year olds in England receive 570 free hours per year. At St Mary’s this entitlement is provided in the form of 3 hours every morning session or afternoon session. Children are eligible for the 15 free hours entitlement the term after they turn 3.

However, some working parents can claim an additional 15 hours of funded childcare.


To be eligible to apply for the additional 15 hours of funded childcare, the household must:

  • Be a two-parent working family or lone or single parent.
  • Have all parents working and each parent earning on average.
    • the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the National Minimum or Living Wage (includes income received from tax credits or Universal Credit) and
    • earning less than £100,000 per year.


Note: If one parent’s income exceeds £100,000 the household will not be eligible.


Both parents usually working, but one is temporarily out of work for a particular reason, as explained below:

  • One/ both parent/s is away from work on leave (parental, maternity etc.)
  • One/ both parent/s is in receipt of Statutory Sick Pay.
  • Parents on zero-hours contracts will be eligible, as are those who are registered as self-employed.
  • One parent is employed and the other parent has either: substantial caring responsibilities/ and or disability based on specific benefits received for caring; is a foster carer with their own three- and four-year-old children.

Parents who are in training will not be eligible as they can receive other Government support.

Parents can apply  at:

Please also look at: for help with childcare options.

Childcare Grant Payment Service:


Note: Children allocated either a part-time or a full-time place will need to complete a short period of induction before attending complete sessions every day. In some circumstances, and based on the child’s needs, it may be deemed necessary to extend this period. In some instances a parent/carer may be expected to stay on the premises until a child has settled.


Note: Nationally from September 2000 children attending a Nursery school do not gain automatic admittance into Reception. All parents wishing to apply for a Reception place will be required to make a new application in the following academic year.


The deadline for Nursery applications is 4th February 2022


The Early Years Foundation Stage is based upon 4 Overarching Principles:

  1. A Unique Child.
  2. Positive Relationships.
  3. Enabling Environments with strong partnerships.
  4. That children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.

In line with our Mission Statement, we at St Mary’s  Primary School aim to support children to learn and develop in an environment within which Christian values are central to and celebrated, and where each child is loved, appreciated and affirmed, recognising that every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.  We recognise that children develop in individual ways and at different rates. Children’s attitudes and dispositions to learning are influenced by feedback from others; we use praise and encouragement, rewards and celebration assemblies to promote a positive attitude towards learning.

Federation Admissions Policy 2020-2021

Federation Admissions Policy 2022-2023


Addendum to Admissions Policy September 2020

On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark the governing body of The Federation of Sacred Heart and St Marys RC Primary Schools have agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based over subscription criteria will be interpreted whilst churches are closed or attendance at church is not possible due to COVID19. This statement has been shared widely with parishes in order to ensure that determinations made by parish priests concerning regular practice of the faith are being made on a consistent basis.

The suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was announced on 18th March 2020 by Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. If a parent/carer attended Mass at particular parish (or parishes) prior to 18th March 2020 then they will be considered to have attended Mass in that parish (or parishes) regularly since that time. This will remain the case until the Sunday obligation is reintroduced by the Bishops.


Please see the links below regarding our admissions procedures along with key application documents.

Alternatively you may request printed copies from the school office.


Please download the Nursery Admissions Pack

Once completed please email to Shirley at: [email protected]


Nursery Admissions FAQ Video



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