Haworth Primary School

Learning for Life

Part of Bronte Academy Trust

Admissions

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.

In Year Transfers

Education and Learning administer all in year transfers on our behalf.  However if you would like to look round school and have an informal discussion, please telephone school for an appointment- 01535 642359

If you wish to contact School Admissions, their contact no is 01274 439200

 

Admission to Reception Class - September each year

Education and Learning issue an application pack each year around November time to parents of children who will be aged 5 during the next academic year, ready to start school the following September. 

If you would like to leave your details with us so that we can contact you when you are due to apply for your child to start school - please phone us on  01535 642359 or email the school office at office.haworth@bronteacademytrust.org.uk

 

Admission to Nursery 

In Nursery we are able to provide a flexible offer for sessions, with both morning, afternoon and full day provision. All children are entitled to the free 15 hour places and eligible parents are also able to take up the 30 hr offer. The links below provide information about the eligibility criteria for the 30 hour offer. 

DFE Guidance for Nursery hours 

Pre School Alliance 30 hour Offer Information 


Is my family eligible for 30 hours funding?

You will be eligible for the 30-hour funded childcare offer if:

  • You earn more than the equivalent of 16 hours at the national living wage or minimum wage per week: for example, over the next three months you expect to earn at least £1,813.76 - the National Living Wage if you are 25 or older.

There is no requirement to work a certain number of hours per week – it is all about how much you earn. This means if you only work 10 hours a week but earn £12 per hour, you will meet the minimum earning threshold. Apprentices are also eligible as long as they earn the equivalent to 16 hours at the apprentice minimum wage.

AND

  • You earn less than £100,000 per year.

This applies if you are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract and expect to meet the earning criteria on average over the three months after you have applied for the 30-hours. HMRC will look at data such as your previous earnings to consider whether you are likely to meet the criteria and may contact you for further information if they are unsure. 

If you are starting up your own business, you will not be expected to meet the minimum earning criteria in your first year of trading. 

If you are not working but you expect to take up paid work within 31 days, you can still apply for 30 hours, as long as you expect to meet the income criteria over the coming three months.

If you are a single parent and meet the above criteria, you will be eligible for the 30 hours. If you live with a partner, you both must meet the above criteria. This still applies if one of you is not the child’s parent – for example, if you have remarried or have started living with a new partner. If you are separated/divorced from your child’s parent, the eligibility rules will only apply to the parent that the child normally lives with (and their new partner if they are part of the same household).

If you are on shared parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave, you can still apply for the 30 hours. If you’re on adoption leave for a child aged three- to four-years-old, you must return to work within 31 days of the date you first apply for 30 hours free childcare.

My earnings have changed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Am I still eligible for the 30 hours?

The government has confirmed that parents and carers who will not meet the minimum income threshold due to lower earnings as a direct result of coronavirus will be treated as meeting that test. This includes parents and carers who have been placed on furlough.

In addition, critical workers who are receiving an increased income mainly as a result of work undertaken directly or indirectly as a result of the coronavirus outbreak can continue to take up 30 hours free childcare if their earnings do not exceed £150,000, rather than the normal £100,000 limit.

More information on temporary changes to eligibility criteria for the 30 hours offer (and tax-free childcare) is available here.  

What if I am sick or caring for someone?

You will not have to meet the minimum earnings criteria if:

You and your partner are employed but one or both of you is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity, adoption leave, or on statutory sick pay

You are employed but your partner either has substantial caring responsibilities, or is disabled or incapacitated, or vice versa (i.e. your partner is employed but you have caring responsibilities or are disabled or incapacitated). This is dependent on you or your partner being entitled to specific disability or caring benefits.


How do I sign up for the 30 hours?

You can apply for both the 30-hour offer and tax-free childcare via a single application on the Gov.uk website.

To complete the application, you provide your name, address and national insurance number, as well as whether you expect to meet the income requirements over the next three months and whether you are in receipt of any benefits. 

If you live with a partner, you will need to provide the same information for them as well. This will enable HMRC to decide whether your child is eligible for the 30 hours (as well as tax-free childcare).

If you are eligible, you will be given an 11-digit code that you will need to take to your childcare provider along with your national insurance number and your child’s birth certificate.

Your provider will then use the government’s eligibility checking system to check the code is valid. If it is, they will be able to book your child’s place – but bear in mind that providers don’t have to take part in the 30-hour offer, so be sure to speak to your childcare provider about what they are able to offer for your family.

You will need to reconfirm your eligibility every three months and will receive a reminder text message or email from the government before the deadline.

If you give false information about your eligibility, you could be fined up to £3000.


My child is going to turn three next year. How soon can I access the 30 hours?

Your child will be eligible for the 30 hours offer from the term after they turn three, or the term after you receive your eligibility code – whichever is later.

For example, if your child turns three on 25 March, and you apply for the 30-hours on 27 March, your child will be eligible for a place from 1 April (i.e. the start of the spring term). However, if your child turns three on 25 March but you don’t apply for the 30 hours until 5 April, your child won’t be eligible for a place until 1 September (i.e. the start of the autumn term).

If I’m not eligible for the 30-hour offer, can I still get my 15 hours?

A: Yes. The 15-hour offer is still universal so if you’re not eligible for a 30-hour place, you will still be eligible for the 15-hour offer.

What happens if I become ineligible for the offer e.g. because I lose my job?

If you no longer meet the eligibility criteria, your child’s 30-hour place will continue to be funded for a ‘grace period’. You should discuss this with your provider if and when you lose eligibility. The table below outlines how long the grace period will last, depending on when you become ineligible for the offer. Your childcare provider can tell you how long your grace period will last. A grace period will always end at the end of a term. 

Grace period table

Once the grace period has expired, you will still be eligible for the 15-hour funded childcare offer. If you have been taking up the 30 hours at two providers, you can decide which provider you want to continue taking up your 15 hour places from.

Is there any difference in how the first 15 hours and the second 15 hours under the 30-hour offer will be delivered?

No, there is no difference. Childcare providers will provide early years care and education that follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework across the whole 30 hours.

I want to access the 30-hours but my provider is asking for a deposit. Can they do this?

Yes. Under government rules, providers can charge a refundable deposit for funded places for two-, three- and four-year-olds.  Each local council will have their own arrangements with providers for when deposits are refunded to parents.

I’m not currently taking up my 30 hours place due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Do I still have to reconfirm my eligibility?

The government says that it is encouraging all eligible parents to continue to reconfirm their eligibility for their 30 hours and tax-free childcare entitlement, even if their childcare setting is closed or their child/children are not currently attending to “ensure a smooth transition back into childcare when possible”

https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk  

Current admission arrangements for Haworth Primary School Nursery

The following are the current admission arrangements for Haworth Primary School Nursery. If you require any assistance with an application, please contact the School Office and we will be happy to help.

The following steps need to be followed should you wish your child to attend our Nursery:

       1. Contact the School Office on 01535 642359, to register your child as requiring a place at Nursery for a particular academic 
year. You will be asked to complete an application form, which will be kept on file. No further action is needed by parents and carers at this stage.  
       2.  Around the February before your child is due to start Nursery in the subsequent September,  you will receive a letter to confirm that you still require a place and to ask your preference for the hours that you require. You will be asked to  complete 
a confirmation form, which must be returned to school along with your child’s birth certificate and a  current utility bill, with proof of address. There will be a deadline given to ensure that all documents are returned efficiently.
           These applications are then collected and places offered following the School’s criteria:
                    Looked after children
                    Siblings
                    Distance from the School to your home address in a straight line

       3.  Parents/carers are then informed in writing if they have been successful in securing a place within Nursery and the sessions we are able to offer.  

If you are successful in obtaining a Nursery place for your child, you will be required to return the acceptance slip by a stated deadline (if this deadline passes, the place may be offered to another family). You then be invited to a welcome meeting, where we will go through all of the general Nursery routines and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. At the welcome meeting, you will be given dates for pre-visits along with your child's start date. Please note that we always use a staggered start system, to ensure that the children start their Nursery experience in small groups.  Before September, the Nursery closes for a full day to allow all of the new families and children to visit together; become familiar with the setting and meet the Nursery team.

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a Nursery place for your child:
You will receive a letter advising you that you have been unsuccessful in obtaining a place. You can arrange to be placed on a waiting list; the School will then inform you at a later date if a place should become available. A slip will be sent with the letter to return to school to state that you wish to be placed on the waiting list. If more than one name is on the waiting list, the School’s admissions criteria will be followed.


Please note, that obtaining a place in Nursery does not automatically mean that your child has secured admission to one of our Reception classes the following year.