Nursery Admissions

At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we are very proud of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provision. During their time at our Nursery, your child will develop their personal and social skills as well as their speaking and listening skills; both of which form the basis of future effective learners. There is also a focus on the full EYFS curriculum. Children who have attended our Nursery in the past have made a smooth transition into Reception as well as progressing well throughout the rest of the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Often they achieve above average attainment on leaving St Joseph’s School at the end of Year 6.

Whilst we hope that your child will be able to attend our Reception class, please note that there is no automatic entry into Reception from Nursery. Admission into our Reception class is a separate statutory process done through your home Local Authority. Please see our separate information on admission for Reception places.

A full-time Nursery place is available through top-up funding, or eligibility for the Government’s 30 hour funding scheme – click here for further details. Top-up funding directly with the school is payable termly in advance. Fees are £1200 per term. On acceptance of a full time top up funded place, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £600 to secure the place. If you choose not to accept a full-time place, your child will still be eligible for a part-time place (usually mornings only).

Places are available in Nursery 2022-23 for children who will be three years old by September 2022. If you would like to apply for a Nursery place at St Joseph’s starting in September 2022, please complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) below and return this to us from September 2021, along with a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate and certificate of Catholic practice, if applicable.

Please indicate whether you are applying for a full time or part time place by completing the relevant box on the Supplementary Information Form.

Nursery Admissions Criteria

The Nursery Admissions Policy follows the Admissions Policy but with the following differences:

Application is made only to the school and not to the Local Authority.

Children who will be 3 by September 2022 may apply. There is no deferred entry, so children who will be 3 after this date may join a waiting list and/or apply for entry the following September.

First priority will be given to any child currently in our Nursery who is not yet of statutory school age.

There is no automatic progression to Reception for any Nursery child; application must be made to your Local Authority and in accordance with our Admissions Policy.

Please note that the deadline to apply for the Nursery 2022-23 Admission is Friday 1st April 2022. Please send forms and evidence to

Parents will be notified if a place is offered no later than the end of May 2022.

Admissions Documents 2022-23

Admissions Policy 2022-23 – download PDF document here

Supplementary Information Form for Nursery (SIF) – download PDF document heredownload Word document here

St Mary’s Parish Boundary Map – download PDF document here