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Maple Cross JMI & Nursery


Nursery Admissions

Hertfordshire Schools are now responsible for their own Nursery admissions.  Parents will apply direct to the school of their choice.  All parents are eligible for 15 hours free Early Years education.

Government Funding for Nursery Age Children

Working parents may also be eligible for an additional 15 hours of care.  These two entitlements together make up 30 hours free childcare.  Parents will be responsible for checking their eligibility for the  15 additional hours.  If they are eligible, they will be given a code which they will present to their chosen provider to claim the funding for the additional 15 hours.  A summary of the eligibility criteria (as of 16th May 2017) is shown at the end of this document and full details and changes can be found on www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents.

To check if your child is entitled to the full 30 hours free childcare, go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

Age range for Nursery pupils

  • All children born between 1 September 2017 and 31st August 2018 will be eligible for a place in our nursery to start in September 2021.
  • Hertfordshire County Council will post general information directly to parents of Hertfordshire children born between 01/09/2017 and 31/08/2018 in October/November 2020. Information will also be available on the Hertfordshire County Council Website.  You may also wish to sign up to Hertfordshire’s ‘Update Me’ e-mail newsletter which you can do at hertfordshire.gov.uk/updateme.
  • For full details of nurseries and early years providers, please click on the link hertfordshire.gov.uk./nurseryadmissions.
  • To check that your child is the right age for free early education and childcare, and for up to date information on eligibility, go to hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents.

Our Provision

Maple Cross JMI & Nursery School offers the statutory 15 hours of free Early Years education in our Nursery class to 26 children each year.

School Opening Hours

Our Nursery class is open 38 weeks a year, school term time only, 8:45am – 11:45pm.

Additional Hours Provision

We work in conjunction with Footsteps Pre-School who offer the additional free 15 hours for working parents who are entitled to a total of 30 hours child care.  The Pre-School also offers afternoon care to paying parents.

Footsteps is located within the grounds of Maple Cross School and works closely with our Nursery.

Nursery Admission Criteria

Over Subscription

Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs requesting a place in our Nursery class will be processed in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996. This also applies to children with a EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan).

If there are not enough places available, places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

Rule 1 – children looked after
Rule 2 – medical or social needs (evidence required)
Rule 3 – sibling, excluding year 6 pupils
Rule 4 – children who live closest to the nursery.

30 Hours Free Childcare Eligibility Criteria

Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:

  • they earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months
  • this equates to £120 a week (or c. £6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 year old or £112.80 a week (or c. £5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old
  • this applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on a zero hours contract
  • the parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work
  • where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave
  • where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work
  • where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 month
  • if a non-EEA (European economic area) national, the parent must have recourse to public funds

A parent will not meet the criteria when:

  • either parent has an income of more than £100,000
  • either parent is a non-EEA (European economic area) national and subject to immigration control (and has no recourse to public funds)

Nursery Application Process

Please start by visiting our school.

Parents will receive a warm welcome from our headteacher, Hannah Trickett who will be delighted to give a tour of the whole school and tell you about our schools aims and ethos, and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the team.

Details of our open days will be posted here soon.

Please email the school at admin@maplecross.herts.sch.uk if you are interested and state which one you would prefer.

Nursery Admission Arrangements

How to apply – Please download and read our Nursery Admissions Policy  and our Nursery Admissions Policy Covid-19 Appendix.

Our initial deadline has now passed. If you would like to apply, please email admin@maplecross.herts.sch.uk and we will get back to you.

When to apply – Monday 1st February 2021
Deadline for applications –  Friday 5th March 2021 – 9:00am
Offers made – Monday 15th March 2021
Deadline for parents to accept place – Friday 26th March 2021 – 9:00am

Late applications will not be dealt with until all on-time applications have been considered.

There is no right of appeal for Nursery admissions.

Reception Admissions

Reception Applications 2022 – 2023

Children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 must apply for a place in Reception class to commence 1st September 2022.  Do not assume if your child is in a nursery class they will automatically move to Reception class, an application must be made through the Hertfordshire County Council admissions process at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/.

Key Dates

Primary Admissions – Children born 01/09/2016 – 31/08/2017

Monday 2nd November 2021 – Online admissions system opens
Friday 15th January 2021 – Closing date for applications
Friday 16th April 2021 – School offers made
Friday 30th April 2021 – Deadline for parents to accept places

In the current situation we are unable to offer tours of the school. There are many photos on our school website and twitter account which highlight the broad and balanced curriculum we offer. 

Please click here for details of our open day.

Moving On - Secondary Transfer

Children born between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011 will move to secondary education in September 2022.

Important Information

Children born between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011 will move to secondary education in September 2021.

The parents of any child currently in Year 5, who might apply for a place in Y7 in 2022 at any of the Consortium schools under test criteria, will need to register with the Consortium. The best way to do this is via the SW Herts Admissions Consortium website which can be found at http://www.swhertsschools.org.uk.

Registration to take the tests will be confirmed. The period in which parents can register this year is set over seven weeks and parents should be reminded that no late registrations will be accepted.

Prior to registering for the tests, we advocate that parents ensure that their child is eligible for a place at a preferred school under that school’s admissions criteria. Admission arrangements are published on each school’s website and if the child is not eligible, there is no point in that child taking any of the tests. This averts confusion and disappointment at a later stage.

Parents of children with special needs that will require their allocated test centre to make
particular support arrangements will be required to send written evidence after test
registration, quoting their child’s full name, date of birth and South West Herts Reference
number. Please either email the documents to the Test Co-Ordinator at
swhsconsortium@gmail.com or by post to The Test Co-Ordinator, South West Herts Schools
Tests, P.O. Box 2439, Watford, WD18 1UZ. It is very important that parents do this so the
paperwork is received by Friday 22nd June, at the latest.

Parents will require written support from the primary school Headteacher, stating the
arrangements usually made at school. Parents should be reminded that it is not the
responsibility of the Primary School to ensure the Consortium have received their written evidence.
The test centre will be allocated, based on primary school postcode. This
has absolutely no bearing on parents’ eventual secondary school preferences.

Secondary Transfer -School Admission Tests
Information for Parents of Children in Year 5

The SW Herts Admissions Consortium comprises seven local secondary schools (listed below) which operate admission tests for a proportion of their intake:

Parmiter’s, Queens’, Rickmansworth, St Clement Danes, Watford Grammar School for Boys and Watford Grammar School for Girls.

Please click here for further information.

Secondary Admissions – Children born – 01/09/2010-31/08/2011

September/October – Secondary and upper schools hold their open events, see: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/schoolsdirectory for school details and application process.

Tuesday 1st September 2021 – Application process opens

Saturday 31st October 2021- Closing date for applications

Friday 3rd December 2021 – Last date to:

  • Submit reasons for making a late application and for that application to be considered ‘ontime’.
  • Notify us of a change of address and for that address to be taken into account for allocation day.

Friday 31st January 2022- Last date to make a late application to be considered for allocation day.

Monday 1st March 2022 – School places are offered

Secondary Transfer – September 2022