Nursery Admissions

Woodcroft Nursery accepts applications for children to start from the age of 3 years. 

We enrol children at the start of each term:

  • For a September start date a child must turn 3 before 31st August.
  • For a January start date a child must turn 3 between 1st September and 31st December.
  • For an April start date a child must turn 3 before the last day in 31st March

Children can then apply to start our Reception class from the September of the year they will become 4 years old.

Apply Now

Applications for Woodcroft Nursery are made directly to the school. You can register your child for a place from any age. Please contact the Main Office put your child on our waiting list. Call 02089593244 or email

Earliest 3 Year Old Admission Dates for the 2024 – 2025 Academic Year

September 2024 start – born between 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021.
January 2025 start – born between 1st September 2021 to 31st December 2021
April 2025 start – born between 1st January 2022 and 31st March 2022

Offers will be made one full term prior to your child’s starting date. The following criteria will apply to all admissions:-

  • Children for whom a Statement of Special Educational Needs has been made or is likely to be made and for whom the school has been named.
  • Other children whom the Chief Executive Officer accepts a medical, social or educational need that the school is particularly able to meet.
  • Children who have a brother or sister living at the same address, who already attends the school
  • Geographical location.

Visits Welcome

Families are welcome to visit Woodcroft Nursery by appointment at any time. If you would like to come and see our school please contact the school office to arrange a visit on 02089593244.

Take a look at our Early Years Curriculum pages to view our setting and curriculum:

Nursery Offers

At Woodcroft we endeavour to provide a flexible entitlement of 15 hours per week for every pupil. Additional hours and full time places are available for an extra charge.

Nursery Places will be offered one full term prior to the date of entry for those pupils on our waiting list and in accordance with our admissions policy.

One full term term prior to entry all parent/carers will receive a letter offering a place. Confirmation that you wish to accept the place for your child must be received by the date stated on the letter.

Induction visits into school will then be arranged for all those wishing to accept a place in the Nursery.

Induction visits enable:

  • Staff and family to meet informally
  • Questions or concerns to be addressed
  • The staff to complete entry forms
  • Parents to receive additional information about the school
  • Starting dates to be confirmed

30 Hours Free Nursery Childcare

MASTER FILE_Childcare Choices_logo PM_CMYK_NEWParents of three and four year olds that are registered with Woodcroft Primary School’s Nursery will be able to apply for the new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child to working parents.

Please click here for more information – 30 Hours Free Nursery at Woodcroft Primary

Flexible Nursery Entitlement (15 hours)
Nursery is considered to be a vital part of our Early Years provision. Woodcroft Nursery has a maximum capacity of 52 part-time places. Pupils are entitled to 15 hours free provision per week. Parents are consulted and we endeavour to match the needs of the family with an appropriate offer of provision. This can be through a variety of flexible arrangements. We have prepared a helpful information sheet to outline some examples – click on the image below or ask for a copy from our nursery.

Woodcroft Nursery Flexible Provision

Additional ‘Top-Up’ Charged Sessions
In addition to a child’s 15 hours of free entitlement, Woodcroft Nursery is able to provide extra 3 hour sessions of Nursery care at a rate of £16.50 (£5.50 per hour)

if your top-up session runs over a lunchtime period this would incur and additional £2.75 supervision cost (parents provide a packed lunch)

Starting Nursery
All parents/carers, and their children due to start nursery, are invited to an open day during the summer term prior to starting. The children get an opportunity to experience the nursery environment while parents speak with the nursery staff.

Parents are then invited to a ‘new starters meeting’. At this meeting you will be given your child’s starting dates for September. Prior to this your will attend an induction meeting with a member of nursery staff who will discuss with you about your child’s needs. This takes place during the first week of the term.

The Nursery runs flexible sessions throughout the day. Children who stay during lunchtime have a supervised packed lunch in our nursery.

The Nursery day is from:        8.30am to 3.15pm

Settling your child into school
For many young children school will be the first real experience away from their families outside the familiar settings of their home. We know all children are individuals and take different amounts of time to settle in. Our experienced staff will be on hand to discuss your concerns.

Moving Up

In the September, all children who will be turning 5 years of age during the next academic year ( between 1st September and 31st August)  can apply to join our reception class. Reception admissions are coordinated by the local authority. More information can be found here … Reception Class Admissions