St Edburg's CE Primary School

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St Edburg's CE Primary School

Sapere aude - Dare to be wise

Nursery Admissions

We have a wonderful Nursery setting at St Edburg's School with fantastic indoor and outdoor spaces.  Children can attend our Nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday.  

We have one intake each September, we offer 15 hour places either 5 x mornings or 5 x afternoons per week.  We also are able to offer some 30 hour places. 

Applications for children to join Nursery need to be made direct with the school.  Application Forms can be downloaded from this page or can be collected from the school office.  

For more information about our Nursery setting please visit our Early Years Pages

FAQs about St. Edburg’s CE Nursery

When can my child start nursery?

We admit children into our nursery in the September after their 3rd birthday. Children must have turned 3 on or before 31st August before they start with us in the September.

My child is due to start nursery in September. What happens next?

If you have already applied for a place with us, then we will get in touch with you by February half-term (Friday 10th February 2023) with regards to your application. You need to accept or decline our offer by 3rd March 2023. Please check your emails. Once you have accepted your child’s place then we will be in touch again with a list of important dates, and information.

If you have not applied for a place, then please fill in the application form which is available on our website, and we will consider your application in Round 2. The number of places available to allocate in this round will depend on whether there are still places available following Round 1.

If my child attends St. Edburg’s Nursery, does that mean that they automatically get a place in Reception?

No. Reception admissions are completed online, and dealt with by Oxfordshire County Council. You must apply for your reception place by 15th January in the school year in which your child turns 4. You can look at our reception admissions policy on our website. Just click on the ‘admissions’ tab. If you have any questions about this, just pop into school or email and we can help you.

Does it matter where I live?

Yes. When we allocate nursery places, we follow our nursery admissions policy. You can view this document on our website below, but in a nutshell, we give priority to children requesting a 15-hour place in our nursery, and then we allocate 30-hour places. Children living on Kingsmere with a sibling already at St.Edburg’s are ranked above those children living on Kingsmere who do not have a brother or sister at our school. The whole of the Kingsmere estate is in our catchment area.

Do I have to pay for nursery?

All 3–4-year-olds are entitled to a fully-funded 15-hour place. Working parents (who work more than 16-hours a week) are also entitled to an additional 15 hours (should the nursery have spaces available). Some non-working parents choose to pay for their additional 15 hours, and this is fine. If your child attends our nursery full-time, then they will have lunch here. Lunches can be ordered in advance online, and nursery children pay for a cooked, school lunch. They are, of course, free to bring a packed lunch instead.

Do nursery-aged children wear school uniform?

We ask that our nursery children wear a St. Edburg’s School sweatshirt or cardigan – it’s good to feel part of the whole school! Our nursery children can wear black joggers instead of formal school trousers. Some children choose to wear pinafore dresses, and this is fine too.  Information about how to order uniform is here.

Can my nursery-aged child attend Breakfast Club or After School Club?

No. Children can access our wrap-around care once they start in Reception.

I applied for a 30-hour place for my child, but they were only offered a 15-hour place. Why?

We had so many applications this year, and we allocated places in-line with our admissions policy. Please let us know if you wish to stay on the waiting list should a full-time place become available.

When can I visit the nursery?

We’ll be giving you a list of important dates and events. Our nursery classroom will be moving to a different location on our current site in September, and once the refurbishment is complete, we’ll invite you in to view the new nursery. We’ll still have the same wonderful resources, and the even more fabulous staff!

Who do I contact to talk about my child before they start nursery?

When you come for the new parents’ meeting in June you will be introduced to your child’s Key Person. There will be an opportunity to meet the team and talk about your child. Before June, please email Mrs Sayer, our Early Years Leader at and she will help you. We also have a SENDCo and a Home School Link Worker who are available to help answer any questions.



Find out more about our school:

Visit our Early Years Pages

Visit the Parents Page of our website

Have a look at our Early Years Handbook - great information about what we get up to in Nursery and Reception