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Nursery Admissions - September 2020

From the 1st September 2017, the school will be responsible for managing Nursery admissions.

When will my child start at nursery?

 Children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 can apply for nursery places until the 13th March 2020. Your application will be for  a nursery place for September 2020.


How do I apply?

Our application for Nursery places for September 2019 is found here.  Nursery application form 2020

Parents will need to fill in parts of the form before returning it to the school office.   Incomplete applications will not be considered as part of the nursery admissions. 

How are applications considered?

Once the closing date has arrived, we will then consider all the applications made.  It there are less than 30 applications made, all offers will be made.  If we receive more applications, then the following will be applied.

1.  Does your child have an EHCP?

2.  Is your child a looked after child?

3.  Does your child have any medical or social reasons why Monksmead is the school they should go to?

4.  Does your child have a sibling in the school?

5.  Are you taking up the 30 hour offer?

6.  The distance you live from the school.

To be eligible for criteria 1-3, further documents will be required at the point of application.  If these are not sent in with the application form, these criteria will not be considered.


Our admissions into Squirrels Pre-Nursery are dealt with by the school. There are two settings within the Pre-Nursery.

Acorns provides provision for 24 two year olds and runs two sessions, 8.30-11.30 and 12.30-3.30, Monday to Friday, term time only. 

Little Oaks provides provision for 24 three year olds.  Your child is entitled to access up to 15 hours of nursery education free, the term after their third birthday.  There is also the opportunity to pay for sessions where available.  Fee paying sessions are charged at a nominal rate to allow access of provision to all children.

If you are interested in registering your child for a pre-nursery place in either our Acorns or Little Oaks room please contact:

Sue Caruana

Pre-Nursery Manager

Tel: 0208-953-2310


Our admissions into Reception are dealt with by the local authority, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC). Parents should expect to receive a booklet sent to their home address prior to children entering Reception. Hertfordshire County Council produces an admissions prospectus each year, which gives information about how parents can apply for a place in the school of their choice.  Expressing a preference does not, in itself, guarantee a place at this school.  Parents are encouraged to apply on-line; all is explained in the information sent out to parents.  HCC will then notify parents about the school place as soon as all the applications have been considered.

To apply on line go

Parents are very welcome to view the school prior to application by making an appointment via the school office.

The 30 Reception places available each school year are offered in accordance with Hertfordshire County Council admissions criteria for primary schools, details of which can be obtained from the school office. 


 What if I am not successful in the Admission process?

If you are not successful in your Admission application we encourage all parents to register on the ' Continuing Interest' list via the Admissions website or by calling 0300 123 4043.  If there are any in-year vacancies the spaces will be allocated from the children on the list following the same admission criteria using in the initial applications.