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Aldercar Infant & Nursery School

AldercarInfant & Nursery School

Where the children are the stars


Admission arrangements to our Infant Classes

Aldercar Infant and Nursery School - part of Embark Federation - follows Derbyshire County Council’s admission arrangements for community and controlled schools for the academic year 2023-2024.

If you wish your child to attend our school you will need to apply to the Local Authority - even if your child already attends our nursery. Find out how to apply here.   Derbyshire County Council manage the admissions procedures for our school. Parents will be notified of a place as soon as possible, there may be a waiting list.  Our planned admission number (PAN) for each year group is 50.

Check at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/admissions for further information. Alternatively use the telephone number 01629 533190 for queries about the admissions process.

Visits by prospective parents are always welcome, by appointment. Please come and meet the headteacher and have a tour of the school. Please contact the school on 01773 713428 if you would like to arrange a visit.

Further details of our admission arrangements are available here.

Deferring entry to school

By law, parents must arrange for their child to start full-time education by the start of the term following their fifth birthday – unless they make arrangements to educate their child otherwise than at school. 

All children are eligible for a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents are, however, entitled to defer their child's entry until later in the year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age, provided that the place is taken up within the same academic year.  

However, if a parent of a summer born child does not feel their child is ready for school, they can request that they enter the reception class in the September after their fifth birthday. Summer born children are defined by those children who are born between 1 April and 31 August.

For more information about deferring entry to Reception, please click here


Admission arrangements to our Nursery Classes

We are fortunate to have two nursery classes at our school, and we currently offer a nursery provision for both 2 year olds and 3-4 year olds.  

Our 2 year old provision is available for children who are eligible for 2 year old funding, and they can attend for 15 hours per week.  We offer places in the morning or afternoon. To find out if you are eligible for 2 year old funding, you can apply online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/freechildcare or by phone on 01629 539316, 01629 539317 or 01629 539319.

Our 3-4 year old provision is available for all 3-4 year olds, and children can attend for 15 hours a week from the age of 3. We have 26 places in the morning and 26 places in the afternoon. The learning is planned by our experienced early years teachers and their highly qualified team of teaching assistants.

Admissions to our nursery are termly and are based on the same criteria as admissions to the infant classes. Admissions to our 2 year old provision are based on the same criteria, plus eligibility for 2 year old funding.

We have a waiting list for both 2 year old places and 3-4 year old places, and you can add your child’s name to our admissions book by contacting school on 01773 713428. Visits to school are warmly welcomed.

Moving and transferring schools

It is important that parents keep the Headteacher informed when they are considering changing schools, as we have a duty to inform the Authority of any child that we believe has left our school and has not provided any information on their destination and education provision. If we are unable to establish your child's new school, we would have to refer them as a missing child to the Children Missing from Education Officer. As a result, your child's name may be kept on a missing register and efforts will be made to trace them. It is also important to know about a new school so that we can send on your child's records.

This is departmental guidance from the Department for Education. It is non-statutory, and has been produced to help parents understand their obligations and rights in relation to elective home education. This guidance is for parents, especially those educating children at home or considering doing so.

If you have any questions about elective home education please email: cs.ehe@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 532843.

For in-year admission applications, we follow Derbyshire County Council Admission procedures, as explained above.  Further information on moving schools in-year can be found at Derbyshire County Council admissions - Moving Schools