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Admissions to Nursery


The Nursery provides places for children to attend either 15 hours or 30 hours of funded sessions, depending on eligibility, in our Swans room. Children can start Nursery in the term after they are three. 


Parents/carers may fill in a form expressing an interest in a Nursery place, please see link below or contact the school office for the form.    Parents of children on the waiting list are contacted by the Headteacher to arrange admission in the term before they are admitted to Nursery.

You are welcome to visit at any time, please contact the school office to make an appointment.  


Nursery places are offered as 30 hours full time, Monday – Friday (Swans - 8.35am - 3.05pm).  Please note there is a £3 charge for the ½ hour lunch period as this is additional to the 30 hours. 15 hours sessions are offered for either 5 mornings or 5 afternoons per week. 


Please note that the school directly allocates the spaces in Nursery, but all Oxfordshire County Council maintained nurseries must follow the relevant admissions policy, and you can find a copy of the latest policy on admissions to Nursery below.


Caldecott Swans Nursery Class – Confirmation of Provision of Offer


For the 2023-2024 Academic Year

Caldecott Swans Nursery Class, Caldecott Primary School

The Published Admission Number for the Nursery is 78 part time equivalent (pte) places

The age range of the Nursery is 3-5

Extended (30 hour) funded places will be offered

Where offered, the number of 30 hour places will be limited to 27 fte places

The school does not permit the splitting of hours of free entitlement with another provider

In order to manage our applications for the Nursery class, you will need to apply by the following dates;


School Year 2022-2023

Start Date                                Apply by                         School confirms spaces by

January 2024                            9th October 2023             20th October 2023

April 2024                                 26th January 2024            9th February 2024

September 2024                      10th May 2024                  24th May 2024


The Swans Nursery Class offers additional self-funded childcare provision for children who are 3 and over:

  • Lunchtime care if attending for a full day

  • Afterschool club/Breakfast club












Admissions to Reception


In Oxfordshire all children are now admitted to start school in September of the school year they will become 5 and our admission number is 60. 


The procedure for admission to school is controlled by Oxfordshire County Council and you will need to fill in their form in the Autumn of the year before your child is due to start school.  You are very welcome to visit us when you are making your choice, please contact the school office to make an appointment.  You must still apply f or primary school place even if your child already attends the nursery, there is no automatic transfer between the two.


Closing date for on-line applications is tbc for starting in September 2024.

Applications received on time will be processed on National Allocation Day - tbc.


If you missed the deadline, you will have to complete a paper application form which is available on the Oxfordshire County Council website.


Full details of the arrangements for selecting pupils who apply and oversubscription criteria (how places are offered if there are more applicants than places) can be found in the Starting School document from Oxfordshire County Council - available to download below or on the Oxfordshire County Council Website.

Admissions to Reception Documents




Admissions In-Year


Children are, of course, welcome to join us at any stage in their primary school career.  An experienced staff team and friendly children ease the time of transfer from one school to another for your child.  If you would like your child to attend our school, please contact the school office to check if we have spaces and also to arrange a visit to the school.


All admissions in-year are also controlled by Oxfordshire County Council, please see link below for their website, which contains guidance and the online application form you will need.

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