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Little Explorers Nursery at Thelwall Infant School

About our Nursery

How to appply for a place

Before applying for a place you are welcome to come and have a look around Little Explorers at any time. Please contact the school office to arrange a visit. 

An application form (please download below) for a nursery place should be submitted by the following dates dependent upon the term that your child is eligible to start nursery (the term after they turn 3):

Applications for places for September starters (for children who turn 3 on or before 31st August) should be submitted by 30th April. Places will be allocated and parents notified by 30th May. 

Applications for January (for children who turn 3 on or before 31st December) places should be submitted by 30th September. Places will be allocated and parents notified by 30th October.

Applications for April places (for children who turn 3 on or before 31st March) should be submitted by 31st January. Places will be allocated and parents notified by 28th February. 

If applications for nursery places are over 22 then the following over subscription criteria will be applied;

  1. Children looked after by the local authority (in care)
  2. Children attending for 15 or more hours per week (term time)
  3. Children with a sibling that already attends Thelwall Infant or Junior School (and will still be in attendance on their admission to nursery)
  4. Children with particular learning difficulties or a disability, social or medical needs (identified by a medical professional)
  5. Children of staff who have worked at the school for more than 2 years
  6. Distance from the school – this is measured in a straight line distance

Once places have been allocated parents will be asked to complete the 'Terms of Entry' document (see below) and a parent declaration form if applying for funding.

We will then invite you to attend an induction session along with your child, prior to them starting with us. 

As part of the admissions process parents/carers who do not get allocated the sessions they applied for may be offered alternative sessions subject to availability.

Late applications will be considered subject to availability of places. 

Parents/carers who do not get allocated places will be invited to join the waiting list. The same criteria for prioritising places applies to the waiting list.

We operate an inclusion and equality policy and ensure that all children have access to nursery places and services irrespective of their gender, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation of parents.

Further information about Little Explorers

Below you will find our welcome booklet which gives further information about Little Explorers.

Meet The Staff