Admissions Policy


Little Acorns

Admissions policy


Little Acorns works within the Early Years Foundation Stage, and Every Child Matters framework.


Links to the Early Years Foundation Stage                                                       

A unique child

Positive relationships

Enabling environments

Value and respect all families

Sensitive and responsive to the child’s needs

Value all people

Value learning


Statement of Intent

It is our intention to make our pre-school accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community.


From September 2017 we will offer 15 hours of government funded provision for all 3 and 4 year olds. Furthermore we will offer up to 29 hours of government funded provision to the first 4 eligible families and then 16 hours of government funded provision to the subsequent families in their order of eligibility.


Registration Fee

When a child’s name is put onto our waiting list, a non-refundable fee of £10.00 will be required if your child is not government funded. When your child starts pre-school a ‘Little Acorns’ T shirt will be given. 



We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the pre-school through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.



To achieve this aim, we operate the following admissions policy.


 We arrange our waiting list in date of birth order; in addition, our policy will consider:


-      siblings of children already attending the pre-school (who are eligible for a place that term where possible siblings will initially be offered some of the same sessions as their brother/sister

-      siblings of children who have left the pre-school, who are eligible for a place up to and including the month of January only.

-      looked after children

-      Any child aged 2 is required up take up a minimum of 3 sessions per week

-      Any child aged 3-4 is required to take up a minimum of 4 sessions per week

-      if there is more than one child for one place, priority will be given if a child does not have a place at, or is not attending another pre-school.

-      where there is more than one child for one place; registration date will be taken into consideration


Children are admitted into Little Acorns Pre-school at the age of 2 years 6 months. Parents will be contacted and offered a place after the Christmas break, prior to the September start.


You will then be contacted during the term before your child starts to arrange a home visit/settling in session.


If a child is unable to start Pre-school, due to not reaching 2 years 6 months, three sessions will be agreed and set aside for this child. Parents will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit for the first terms fees to secure these sessions. This deposit will be payable by 30th June and will be used against the fees when the child takes up their place.


From the term after their 3rd birthday (31st March, 31st August, 31st December) children are entitled to government funding for up to 16 hours a week. Children attending Little Acorns are entitled to attend up to 5 sessions per week, including two lunch ½ hours. These sessions are 3 hours in length and are available as follows:


Monday-Friday am 9.30-12.30

Monday-Thursday pm 1-4


Children have the option to attend 2 sessions in one day on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  A charge will be made for lunch time (12.30 – 1pm) if this is in addition to the 16 hours.


In exceptional circumstances government funding may be available for children aged 2.


Any enquiries can be made to Karen Setchfield Tel: 07587 157595, 01702 470310 or on our website


- We ensure that the existence of the pre-school is widely advertised in places accessible to all sections of the community. In both written (our leaflet and website), and spoken form and where appropriate, in different languages.   Where necessary we will try to provide information in Braille, or through signing or an interpreter.


- We describe our pre-school and its practises in terms which make it clear that it welcomes fathers and mothers, other relations and carers and childminders.


- We describe our pre-school and its practices in terms of how it treats individuals, regardless of their gender, special educational needs, disabilities, background, religion, ethnicity or competence in spoken English.


- We describe our pre-school and its practices in terms of how it enables children with disabilities to take part in the life of the pre-school.


- Our Health and Safety policy is reviewed each time a child starts Little Acorns, to ensure   their requirements and needs are met.


- We monitor the ethnic background of children joining the group to ensure that no accidental discrimination is taking place.


           - We make our equal opportunities policy widely known.


We are willing to be flexible if possible about attendance patterns to accommodate the needs of individual children and families.


Other policies relating to this policy are:

Equal Opportunities

Health and Safety

Special Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented Policy