We are a community primary school with a nursery offering education to children from 3 to 11 years. Our school is an inclusive one, and we are firmly committed to serving the needs of all the children in our local community. Our admissions policy is set by Richmond Local Authority.
The school admits 30 children to each of our reception classes (60 in total). Please note that children, including siblings, who are already attending our nursery need to apply for a reception place directly to the Local Authority. There is no automatic right of admission from nursery to the main primary school. Parents of children in the nursery are strongly encouraged to apply for a place in a reception class, but places will be offered according to the strict application of our admissions criteria.
We do not process the administration of applications to the main school. This is organised by the Local Authority. We are very happy to provide advice and guidance about admissions though. This can be obtained by telephoning the school, or by dropping in. Stephanie Dennis, the school’s Communications Manager, is the person to speak to.
Children are normally admitted to the reception classes at the beginning of the Autumn Term, but it is possible for a child to start in the Spring Term of the term in which their fifth birthday falls. We would prefer all children to join in the Autumn Term, so the final decision about this is at the discretion of the Headteacher.
If we are oversubscribed (our maximum intake is 60 places), the London Borough of Richmond Admissions Section will allocate places using the following criteria. These are listed in priority order:
- Looked After Children who are currently in public Care and previously Looked After Children who have left Care due to adoption, special guardianship or child arrangements order.
- Children who have an exceptional medical, social or educational need that requires their attendance at a particular school.
- Children who have siblings already attending the school.
- Children living closest to Barnes Primary School.
Barnes Primary School Nursery 2020-21
Our nursery is now at full capacity for this academic year.
Alternatively, you can post it to;
Barnes Primary School
Barnes Primary School Nursery 2021-22
We will accept registration forms once a child has turned 2 years old.
Your child needs to be 3 years old by 31st August 2021 to qualify for a September 2021`start. We do not have a January intake so autumn born children are almost 4 years old when they join the nursery.
For entry in September 2021, please submit your online application form by Friday 5th March 2021.
Applications received after this date will be added to a waiting list.
Offers will be made by telephone by Friday 7th May
Subject to government guidance, we will hold a Nursery Open Hour in the Spring term. A date has not yet been set. No booking will be necessary. In the meantime there is a wealth of information on our website and you can follow the nursery children on twitter #BPSYN
The prioritisation admissions criteria for nursery places is as follows:
- Looked After Children who are in public Care, or children Adopted from Care
- Children who have an exceptional medical, social or educational need that requires their attendance at a particular school
- Children who have siblings attending the school
- Children living closest to Barnes Primary School
We offer a mixture of part-time places (15 hours per week) and full-time places (32.5 hours per week) at Barnes Primary School Nursery. Part-time Morning sessions are 09:00–12:00; part-time Afternoon sessions 12:30–15:30; and Full-time sessions 09:00–15:30 daily.
The mixture of full-time and part-time will depend on the demand from our community and will be made up of both universal places (15 hours) and 32.5 hours full-time provision.
Currently all 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare and early education per week for up to 38 weeks a year.
Some working parents of 3 and 4 year-olds are eligible an ‘extended entitlement’ of 30 hours of free childcare for 38 weeks of the year: see https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare. Please note that we cannot accept a child on the 30 hour entitlement basis until we have verified both the age of the child and the 30 hours code that you must supply. Until this code has been validated, you will be responsible for paying a charge of £157.50 per week. Equally, if your child falls out of eligibility at any point within the academic year, the £157.50 per week charge will become payable by you accordingly.
The cost of a full time nursery place for families not eligible for extended entitlement is £157.50 per week (£9 per hour x 3.5 hours per day x 5 days per week).
Both part-time and full-time children are offered a freshly prepared three course lunch at a separate cost.
Full-time children can have a forest school experience each day, part-time children will have one per week. Those eligible for 30 hours funding will have the option to pay £4.50 a day for the forest school session or to collect your child from the nursery at 12:00, returning them at 12:30.
Why sign my child up for a whole day in Nursery?
The nursery experience at Barnes Primary School is quite exceptional. The staff are highly skilled; the learning environment is outstanding. Your child will be incredibly well cared for, nurtured and educated. Having this additional time within such a stimulating environment will enable your child to flourish in a play-based learning setting. All children who are staying for the extended provision can have a daily forest school experience and they will have an extended period of time to explore the extensive nursery learning environment. Over the past few years, we have spent over £250,000 on our nursery provision and the quality is state of the art.
The closing date for applications for reception admissions 2021 is 15th January 2021 – all applications received after this date are late and, unfortunately, you are unlikely to gain a place in your preferred school.
For all the admission information please click on the link below.
For parents with children starting Reception in September 2021, usually tours of the school take place every Monday and Wednesday at 9.30am from mid September until the beginning of December, this will be updated once we have clearer guidance when tours of the school can resume. Please email email@example.com in order to reserve a space. Please remember that cars are not permitted within the vicinity of school and there is no parking.
The Headteacher will endeavour to greet all visiting parents; however, as she has a teaching timetable her availability is limited.
Richmond Local Authority deal with mid-year admissions for children joining the main school at any point after the start of the academic year. Applications should be made to the Local Authority. In most circumstances places can only be offered if there are fewer than 30 pupils in the class. In exceptional circumstances the school can offer an additional, supernumerary, place. Such offers are only made if a child has significant medical, social or emotional needs.
The main admission number, 020 8547 5569, is staffed between 9.00am and 2.00pm and between 4.00 and 5.00pm. Please note there is no facility to leave a message on this main admission number at any time, including between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, when it is not staffed. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful information about 30 hours
30 hours of funded childcare for working parents of 3- & 4-year-olds explained:
- Follow this link: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
- Information in video format: 30 hours funded childcare
30 hour eligibility guide and checker:
Parents can check whether they could be eligible for a range of government childcare offers, including 30 hours, via Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk, or the Childcare Calculator at: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator. Those who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply. The eligibility criteria for 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare are broadly aligned.
For a more detailed guide to the 30 hours eligibility criteria see the guide at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility. Parents will be able to apply for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time by entering their details once. HMRC will check parents’ eligibility for both schemes at the same time. Parents will not need to apply through the digital childcare service if they only want to claim the universal 15 hours entitlement for 3- and 4-year-olds.
How to apply for 30 hours extended entitlement:
Parents should apply via the childcare service. You will be asked to:
- Create a Government Gateway account if you do not already have one. If you do, you will need to sign into Government Gateway to verify your identity before accessing the childcare service. You can find details and instructions on how to register for a Government Gateway account at gov.uk.
- Once in the childcare service, enter your personal details including: name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for your partner (if you have one).
- Declare that you expect to meet the income requirements over the coming three months.
- Declare whether you are in receipt of any relevant benefits.
Once you have completed your application, if you are eligible, you will have a childcare service account. In the ‘secure messages’ section of your account, you will receive messages regarding your eligibility. You will be given an 11-digit ‘eligibility code’ for your child – this can be found in the ‘30 hours free childcare’ section of your childcare service account and in your ‘secure messages’ section. These codes normally start with ‘500’. However, there are a small number of cases where you might have a temporary code starting with ‘11’. You will be asked to take this code (along with your National Insurance number and child’s date of birth) to us to reserve your 30 hours place. If you need assistance to apply, or do not have access to the internet, please call the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097 and you can apply over the phone. If you encounter any problems during the application process or when accessing your childcare service account, you should direct your queries to the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre.
The Reconfirmation Process:
This is important. Please make a note in your diary of when you need to reconfirm your code.
Every three months you will need to reconfirm that the details you entered on your application are still accurate. This is to check that you are still eligible. You will be prompted, via text message and/or email, four weeks before the reconfirmation deadline and again two weeks before the deadline if you still have not reconfirmed. This prompt will tell you that you have a secure message to read. This message will remind you to reconfirm and can be found in the ‘Secure messages’ section of your childcare account. If your circumstances have changed, you will need to log into your childcare service account, update the information and resubmit your details. If your circumstances have not changed, you will only need to tick a box saying that your details have not changed. If you have completed your original application over the phone you will need to phone the Customer Interaction Centre to reconfirm your eligibility. Temporary codes beginning ‘11’ expire and so you will need to reconfirm by completing a childcare service application online. You will need to reconfirm regardless of whether your child has started their 30 hours place. If you miss the reconfirmation deadline, or if your circumstances change, you will receive a message telling you that your eligibility has lapsed.
In these circumstances, you will then need to pay for additional hours that your child is attending. The cost of these hours is £31.50 per day for 5 days a week: totalling £157 per week.
Important information from HMRC:
- A parent can only take up 30 hours once both of these conditions are met: a child starts the term following their third birthday and the term following receipt of their eligibility code from HMRC, whichever is later.
- Parents should be encouraged to apply the term before their child meets the age criterion to ensure they can access a place at the start of the term after their child turns three. If not, they will need to wait until the following term to access their 30 hours place. Please note that the earliest a parent could receive a 30 hours code for their child will be 16 weeks before they turn three years old. If a parent applies before this point, they will need to wait until reconfirmation before applying for 30 hours.
- Like the universal 15 hours entitlement, parents cannot claim 30 hours free childcare once their child has reached compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). Please note the latest a parent could receive a 30 hours code is 22 weeks after the child turns five. It is therefore important that providers check the age of the child as well as the code. Parents cannot claim their 30 hours in addition to a full-time reception place in a state-funded school.
One additional link that maybe helpful: