Admissions to Nursery

Heptonstall School operates a Foundation Unit shared by nursery and reception children. The Unit is staffed by a full-time teacher and a nursery nurse. Other teaching assistants from the school work in the Unit on a part-time basis. You can view images of the Unit and its fantastic outdoor play facility by visiting the Building page.


In line with nationally prescribed dates, a child’s eligibility for a nursery place in 2020/2021 is determined as follows:

Born Between

Will Become Eligible from

Starting Date at Heptonstall   School in 2020/2021

1st April 2017  – 31st  August 2017

1st September following their third birthday

Autumn Term

From 7th September 2020

1st September 2017 – 31st December 2017

1st January following their third birthday

Spring Term

From 4th January 2021

1st January 2018 – 31st March 2018

1st April following their third birthday

Summer Term

From 19th April 2021

1st April 2018 – 31st August 2018

1st September following their third birthday

Autumn Term

From 7th September 2021

Nursery sessions run for 3 hours, 9.00am to 12.00pm each morning and 12.30pm to 3.30pm each afternoon. 

With lunch cover between 12.00 - 12.30pm provided free of charge.  Charges applied for school meals where taken (£2.20 per meal).

15 Hours Funded Childcare – All Children

Each nursery child will be entitled to a maximum of 5 sessions (15 hours) per week free of charge.

30 Hours Funded Childcare – Your Child may be eligible for the new extended 30 hours offer 

Childcare Choices provides parents with a single point of information for all the government funded childcare offers, including the new offer of 30 hours funded childcare.  Please visit this website to see if your child is eligible and to apply:   

If your child does not qualify for the extended 30 hours, additional sessions can be paid for at a cost of £13.40 per session (3hrs).  Monthly payments for paid-for childcare sessions can be made in cash, by cheque or by direct BACS transfer.  We are also registered for a number of childcare voucher schemes.  Further details are available from the school office.

Places in our Foundation Unit are allocated in accordance with the Local Authority’s Early Years Admissions Policy.

We recommend that you speak to our nursery staff before deciding on your preferred sessions so that they can advise you of the best options for your child.

Before children start in nursery, parents are given a copy of our Information Booklet which contains lots of useful information and advice.


If you would like to apply for a nursery place please contact us by telephone or email  / 01422 842533