Early Years Admissions and Beyond

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

To check if your child is entitled to the full 30 hours free childcare, go to


Age range for Nursery pupils

  • All children born between 1 September 2016 and 31st August 2017 will be eligible for a place in our nursery to start in September 2020.
  • Hertfordshire County Council will post general information directly to parents of Hertfordshire children born between 01/09/2016 and 31/08/2017 in October/November 2019. 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
  • For full details of nurseries and early years providers, please click on the link
  • 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

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, 8:50am – 12:00pm.

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.

Our Nursery Application Process

Please start by visiting our school. Our next viewing is Wednesday 4th March at 9:15 – 10am.

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. Please call the school office to confirm your attendance.

Nursery Admission Arrangements

How to apply – Please download and read our Nursery Admissions Policy.
Admissions have now closed please click here for late admissions.

When to apply – 3rd February 2020
Deadline for applications – 13th March 2020 – 9:00am
Offers made – 23rd March 2020 – This has been delayed due to COVID-19 to 30th March 2020
Deadline for parents to accept place – 3rd April 2020 – 9:00am – This has been delayed due to COVID-19 to 9am Tuesday 21st April 2020

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

There is no right of appeal for Nursery admissions.

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 EHC (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 – child’s nearest nursery
Rule 5 – 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)




Reception Applications 2020-2021

Children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 must apply for a place in Reception class to commence 1st September 2020.  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

Key Dates

Primary Admissions – Children born 01/09/2015-31/08/2016

Tuesday 4th November 2019 – Online admissions system opens

Tuesday 15th January 2020 – Closing date for applications

Tuesday 16th April 2020 – School offers made

Tuesday 30th April 2020 – Deadline for parents to accept places


Children born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009 will move to secondary education in September 2020.

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 Transfer Applications 2020-2021

Secondary Admissions – Children born – 01/09/2008-31/08/2009

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

Monday 3rd September 2019 – Application process opens

Wednesday 31st October 2019 – Closing date for applications

Tuesday  4th December 2019 – 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.

Thursday 31st January  2020- Last date to make a late application to be considered for allocation day.

Thursday 1st March 2020 – School places are offered

Secondary Transfer – September 2020

Important Information

Children born between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2009 will move to secondary education in September 2020.

The parents of any child currently in Year 5, who might apply for a place in Y7 in 2021 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

Registration to take the tests will open on Monday 30th April and close on Friday 22nd June. 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 thier child’s full name, date of birth and South West Herts Reference
number. Please either email the documents to the Test Co-Ordinator at 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, by Wednesday 4th July. This
has absolutely no bearing on parents’ eventual secondary school preferences.


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