Applying for a nursery place

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Our nursery school is the perfect place for pre-schoolers.

Little Discoverers Nursery is a 39-place nursery class offering morning sessions between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. 

Admission to Someries Nursery

Having consulted with the Local Authority and other admission authorities in accordance with the requirements of the law, the Governing Board has set its planned admission number for Someries Nursery as thirty-nine pupils as follows:

  • 39 part-time morning sessions taking place between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m.

Children can be registered on our nursery waiting list from the date they are born and the majority of children are admitted to our nursery in the September following their third birthday. However, where places become available, pupils can be admitted to our nursery in the January or April following their third birthday.

Our admissions policy

The Governing Board has agreed that places at Someries Nursery will be allocated according to the child’s age and the following admissions criteria:


A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order[1]. A looked after child is a child who is (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 (section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).


Children of staff[2] who are employed by the school.


Children in the catchment area with a sibling or siblings[3] already attending Someries Infant School or Someries Junior School at the proposed date of admission.


Children living in the catchment area of Someries Infant School.


Children who live outside the catchment area with siblings at Someries Infant School and/ or Someries Junior School who will still be attending Someries Infant School and/ or Someries Junior School at the proposed date of admission.


On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance[4] of the school site and the pupil’s home address[5], with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.

The Governing Board reserve the right to make the final decision on admissions to Someries Nursery.

Admission to Nursery does not guarantee a school place at Someries Infant School.

We aim to ensure that our school is as financially viable as possible; we will, therefore, endeavour to fill all places in our nursery at all times by offering unused places to families registered on our waiting list until we are full.

[1] An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).  A ‘child arrangements 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 as amended by 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] Someries Infant School regard children of staff as somebody employed to work at the school on a permanent contract for at least 15 hours per week, who meets one of the following criteria at the time of application:

  1. has been in post continuously for at least 2 years; or
  2. is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage

Children of staff that have given notice of resignation will not be considered under this criterion.

For the purpose of satisfying these criteria, a member of staff is defined as a permanent member of the teaching staff or a permanent member of the non-teaching staff.

The staff member must be the child’s parent or legal guardian and the child must be living permanently with the member of staff.

[3] The terms ‘sibling’ or ‘siblings’ include natural, adopted and step brothers and sisters. It also includes fostered siblings, where foster care has been arranged by children’s social services. Other family relationships will not be considered under this criterion, including cousins.

[4] The ‘main entrance’ to the school is the door used to access the school’s main reception.

[5] The pupil’s home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. A pupil’s home address is where she or he spends the majority of the school week (Monday to Friday, including evenings) with her/ his parents or legal guardian. The address of a childminder or family member who looks after the children before or after school cannot be used. If there is any query on the home address, this will be checked against official documentation.

The benefits of attending Someries Nursery

From the very start, your child can enjoy Someries Infant School’s philosophy and be part of our school community from an early age. Our nursery is located in its own, newly-refurbished building on our school site. The equipment and resources available to pupils promote discovery as well as encourage development and sustain curiosity.

We offer:

  • teacher-led activities
  • a well-planned learning environment
  • an extensive range of resources and equipment
  • a fantastic outdoor area which nursery pupils share with our reception pupils
  • small groups that cater for individual needs
  • a child-led curriculum
  • highly trained staff
  • daily phonics sessions
  • daily mathematics sessions 
  • weekly music lessons delivered by a specialist music teacher

By the end of their time at our nursery, we aim for children to have excelled to the best of their ability and, ultimately, be ready for a successful start at school.

Due to the high demand for sessions within our nursery school, we would recommend that you arrange to view it as soon as possible as we often have a waiting list.

Registering for a place at Someries Nursery

Parents or carers may place their child on our nursery waiting list by completing our nursery application booklet which can be downloaded below. Alternatively, these are available for collection from our school office.

Nursery application booklet

You may also complete the nursery registration form below and our School Operations Officer will contact you to discuss your application.

Pleased be advised that a place in our Nursery does not guarantee a school place at Someries Infant School.