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Nursery information and applications

Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery)

In Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery), we can accommodate a total of 78 children attending either morning, afternoon, two or five full-day sessions.


The school is entirely responsible for the admission of children into this year group.


15 Hour Provision

This is either

  • Five-morning sessions (8:30 – 11:30 AM),
  • Five-afternoon sessions (12:15 – 3:15 PM)
  • Two full days (8:30 – 3:30 PM)


30 Hour Provision

Some families may be eligible for this provision, which is where a child can attend every day for 6 hours, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

To check your eligibility parents and carers should refer to or


Applying for a place

Phillimore Community Primary School welcomes all applications. We have two main intake levels; Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery) and Foundation Stage 2 (Reception). We encourage entry at these times so as to aid the progression of the child academically without interruption; however, children are welcome to apply for entry in any year.


Parents are encouraged to visit the school with their child if they are planning to apply for a place, arrangements for visits can be made through the school office.

The process of application differs depending on the year group required.


Foundation Stage 1.

Miss Garner manages the admission of children to Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery)

  • Applications for this year group can be made directly to the school by the completion of a slip to indicate interest – available at the school office.

  • Miss Garner will contact parents or carers directly to arrange a meeting.

  • Where a place is available it will be allocated.

  • A waiting list is not held and places cannot be reserved in advance.

  • Applications should be made no earlier than two-term before your child's third birthday.

  • On allocation; arrangements for pre-visits will be agreed upon before your child accesses their full provision.


Rising 3’s

Phillimore has a limited number of places for children who are about to turn 3 years of age. These children can join Foundation Stage 1 in the term before they have their third birthday.


Dual Provision

It is possible for families to attend up to two providers for their Childs’ care. At the pre-admission meeting, parents and carers will be asked if this is relevant to their situation and they are responsible for giving the correct information. Alternative providers will be contacted by Phillimore to confirm the hours attended.


FEL (Free Early Learning) Agreement

For all of the options above parents and carers are required to sign a FEL agreement prior to admission. Parents and carers are then provided with a copy of the agreement when their child starts.

The FEL is an agreement between parents/ carers and Phillimore for access/ provision of Free Early Learning (Nursery place).


Period of notice

Once a FEL agreement is signed a period of 4 weeks’ notice is required for any changes to hours or if a place is no longer required. Parents and carers will be responsible for informing any new provider that they are within a notice period at Phillimore. This may affect a child’s start date at a new provision.

If it is thought that a child’s chosen hours are not suitable during the transition period, 4 weeks’ notice may not be required.