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Hitchin Partnership Admission Information for Local Authority Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 2018/19


The nursery admission process is changing from September 2017 for admissions from 2018 onwards. In place of a centrally controlled system which has previously been run by the local authority, nursery settings will now be operating their own admission process.

Local authority nursery schools and classes within Hitchin form part of the Hitchin Partnership. In order to provide consistency and simplify the process for parents, the partnership has agreed a timeline for admissions and a set of over subscription criteria.



Hitchin Partnership Timeline for Maintained Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 2018/19


October/November 2017

HCC comms campaign to parents confirming new way of applying for a nursery school/class place, including social media

Monday 5th February 2018

Applications open via school’s websites for Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes (online applications preferred)

Saturday 24th February

9.30 – 11.30  – York Road Open Morning for Prospective Families

Friday 16th March 2018

Applications close for Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes

Friday 27th April 2018

Offers made to parents (via the same method as application was made)

Friday 4th May 2018

Deadline for parents to accept/reject places

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Hitchin maintained nursery schools and nursery classes meet to finalise allocations.


Children will be offered a nursery place to start in the autumn term of the academic year they turn 4 (falling between 1st September to 31st August). At York Road we have up to 130 nursery places. There are eight groups in the morning, with up to 13 nursery children in each group  and the remainder in the afternoon. The children attend either five morning or afternoon sessions, providing 15 hours of free nursery education. Whilst we try to take into account your session preference, acceptance of a nursery place indicates that you are willing to accept a morning or afternoon place.


We hold an information meeting for parents at the start of the Autumn term.


  • The morning nursery session is from 9.00-12.00 and the afternoon nursery session is from 12.30-3.30pm

Should there be more applications than places, an agreed over subscription criteria will be followed ( Please see link below for document containing Over Subscribed Criteria) . If an application is unsuccessful, you may request to go onto the nursery’s continuing interest list and as a space arises, the criteria will be applied again.


Thirty Hour Provision


For those parents who are eligible for their child to receive 30 hours childcare provision, this will be arranged so that your child attends York Road Nursery School for 15 hours a week and then the additional 15 hours will be within the school setting and in partnership with Yorkies Daycare. The hours available for the 30hours childcare provision will be Monday- Friday 9.00-3.00 term time only.


For those parents who may be entitled to 30 hours childcare provision, you will be expected to do an online eligibility check using the HMRC Tool Kit provided. If you qualify you will receive a voucher code which you will need to give to the school once your child’s Nursery place has been finalised.  It will be parental responsibility to update your personal circumstances and inform the school of any changes


Admissions Policy November 2017


FAQ’s Admissions – November 2017


Charging Policy October 2017


Hitchin Partnership 0ver Subscription Criteria for Maintained Nursery Schools and Classes for the School Year 2018





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