Nursery and Sunshine Club Admissions

Admission to our Nursery Class and the Sunshine Club

At St Oswald’s we have both a nursery class and a private provider – the Sunshine Club.  The Sunshine Club is fully integrated into the nursery class with all children being cared for by both sets of staff on a day-to-day basis.  This means that we are able to offer parents childcare provision beyond the statutory entitlement to 15 or 30 free hours for 3-4 year olds for 38 weeks of the year. The Nursery Class and Sunshine Club both offer funded places of 15 or 30 hours depending on eligibility (see below). The Sunshine Club are also able to offer parents funded places with sessions totally less than 15 or 30 hours and can also offer ‘stretched’ funded places of up to 21 hours for 50 weeks of the year.  The Sunshine Club also offer chargeable care outside of the funded hours entitlements and are open 50 weeks of the year.

Is my child eligible for 15 or 30 hours?

All children aged 3-4 are entitled to 15 funded hours in school term time from the start of the term that follows their 3rd birthday.  Some children will also be able to access an additional 15 funded hours depending on the Government’s eligibility criteria being met by their parent(s).  You can check your child’s entitlement to 15/30 funded hours via Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or the Childcare Calculator at:https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator On our application form we ask that parents indicate if they believe that their child will be eligible for 15 or 30 funded hours based on the criteria.  Any place is offered subject to a confirmed HMRC code being provided to the school by the parent(s).  Any hours outside of the funded entitlement will be chargeable through the Sunshine Club.

These websites also provide information about other forms of childcare support including childcare vouchers and the tax-free scheme.  Those who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply.  Both schemes work through the same checking system.  Parents who don’t want to use Tax-Free Childcare should still apply via the digital childcare service (you can choose to apply for the extended 30 hours entitlement only). If you are receiving financial support through tax credits (or childcare vouchers through an employer) and only want to take up 30 hours, you can choose not to apply for Tax-Free Childcare (and keep your tax credits/childcare vouchers) as part of the application.  Please note that you must check your eligibility for the 30 funded hours prior to accepting an offer of a place at St Oswald’s being made – we advise parents to do this as soon as possible so that the funded hours place can be confirmed as quickly as possible.  Please see additional information about the checking service at the bottom of this webpage.
 
When does the free 15/30 funded hours entitlement begin?
  • Child born between 1 April – 31 August: September term intake
  • Child born between 1 September – 31 December: January term intake
  • Child born between 1 January – 31 March: April term intake
Children may be admitted to the Sunshine Club from the date of their 3rd birthday with all sessions being chargeable until the following term when the funded entitlement begins.  If you wish to apply for such a place, please indicate this on the application form under ‘additional information’.
How do I apply for a place?
You can apply for a place in the Nursery and/or Sunshine Club by completing our application form (click here) and returning it by email to nurseryplaces@stoswaldsdurham.net .  You may also print and return the form the school office or by post (please see our ‘contact us’ page).  You will receive confirmation that your application has been received (please allow up to 14 days for this).  The application form will be held on our waiting list and you will be informed when a place is available.  A 15 hours place will be offered subject to proof of your child’s age being provided to the school office prior to the start date.  A 30 hours place will be offered subject to proof of your child’s age AND proof of parental eligibility (HMRC code) being provided to the school office through a fully completed eligibility checking form prior to the start of term.  This form is provided to parents when an offer of a place is made.  30 funded hours places are also subject to eligibility criteria continuing to be met during your child’s time in our nursery setting.
 
Will my child be in the Nursery Class, Sunshine Club or both?
 
Option Funded Sessions Funded Hours per Week Weeks of the Year Provider Any Additional Chargeable Sessions
1 Monday to Friday 9am-3pm 30 funded hours 38 Nursery Class Sunshine Club
2 Monday & Tuesday 9am-3pm, Wednesday 9am-12pm 15 funded hours 38 Nursery Class Sunshine Club
3 Wednesday 12pm-3pm, Thursday & Friday 9am-3pm 15 funded hours 38 Nursery Class Sunshine Club
4 Monday to Friday 9am-12pm 15 funded hours 38 Nursery Class Sunshine Club
5 Monday to Friday 12pm-3pm 15 funded hours 38 Nursery Class Sunshine Club
6 Any mix of five or fewer 3 hour sessions Monday to Friday 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm up to 15 funded hours 38 Sunshine Club Sunshine Club
7 Any mix of nine or fewer 3 hour sessions Monday to Friday 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm up to 27 funded hours 38 Sunshine Club Sunshine Club
8 Any mix of seven or fewer 3 hour sessions Monday to Friday 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm all year round (excluding Christmas) up to 21 funded hours 50 Sunshine Club Sunshine Club
9 Any mix of sessions from 3rd birthday until the start of the next term prior to funded hours entitlement beginning zero 38 or 50 Sunshine Club Sunshine Club
For options 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 a place may be offered in Sunshine Club when it is not possible to offer a place for your child in the nursery class (e.g. when the nursery class is already full).
 
Admission Criteria 2018-19
If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, children will be admitted to the nursery class in the following order:
1. Children who are ‘looked after’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence/child arrangement, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is, at the time of making an application to a school, (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).  This includes children who have previously been in care/looked after outside of England but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence/child arrangement, or special guardianship order. An adoption order is an order under section 12 of the Adoption Act 1976 or section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A ‘residence order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. A child arrangement order is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 14 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
2.  Children In Need The Children Act 1989 defines a child ‘in need’ as: a)  He/she is unlikely to achieve or maintain, or to have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision of services by the Local Authority under Part 3 of the Act. b)  His/her health or development is likely to be significantly impaired, or further impaired, without the provision for him/her of such services. c)  He/she is disabled. Supporting evidence (e.g. from a paediatrician or social worker) should be submitted with the application form.  Parents applying under this criteria are strongly urged to contact the Head Teacher to ensure St Oswald’s is an appropriate setting in which the child’s needs can be met. A maximum of two part-time nursery places are retained until the end of the Autumn half term in order to accommodate emergency referrals of children “in need” as defined in the requirements of the Children Act, 1989.
3.  Age The offer of a place will be prioritised according to date of birth.  The earliest a child can begin in our nursery class is the start of the term following their 3rd birthday.  Where applicants have the same date of birth, priority will be given to the earliest date of application.
4.  Children Living in Other Authorities Although there are no catchment areas for places, preference will be given to children whose parents live within County Durham’s administrative area.  Only when all children living within the boundary of County Durham have been allocated a place, may a child living in a neighbouring area be offered a place.
Once all places have been allocated, further applications will be included on a waiting list and places will be allocated in accordance with the oversubscription criteria above.
 
Places in the Sunshine Club are allocated according to the following criteria: 1. Children with a sibling who attends St Oswald’s CE Aided Primary and Nursery School (please indicate this on the application form).
2. Children with a 15 hours term time place OR a 21 hours 50 weeks of the year place in the nursery class and/or the Sunshine Club who require five chargeable morning/afternoon sessions (equating to full-time daytime attendance 8.45am-3pm).
3. Children with a 15 hours term time place OR a 21 hours 50 weeks of the year place in the nursery class and/or the Sunshine Club who require one or more chargeable morning/afternoon sessions.
4. Children requiring any other childcare including those eligible for funded entitlement and those who have reached their third birthday but are not yet entitled to funded hours.
The offer of a place will be prioritised according to date of birth within each category. Where applicants have the same date of birth, priority will be given to the earliest date of application. Once all places have been allocated, further applications will be included on a waiting list and places will be allocated in accordance with the oversubscription criteria above.
 
Contact Us
Please contact stoswalds.ce@durhamlearning.net if you have any questions about nursery places at St Oswald’s.  You may also phone the school office on 0191-386-8029.
Completed application forms should be emailed to nurseryplaces@stoswaldsdurham.net Application Form download