PRE_SCHOOL APPLICATIONS 2021/22


Thursday 7th January 2021 12 noon Preschool Portal 

Opens Closing date for applications 29th January 2021


Preschool Virtual Tour by Session Leaders, testimonials and photographs have been posted on Belmont Playcare's Facebook page.

Admission Update:

Parents are able to apply online via the "Citizens Portal". This year parents will have the ability to submit documents in support of their application via the new EA document upload.

PLEASE NOTE: 

Belmont Playcare requires 2 proof of addresses and child's birth certificate to support applications. Thank you.

Please see information below requested by parents from the Zoom Open Night Session 13th January. Also (below)the Preschool Power point presentation has been updated and can also be downloaded

AM and Pm Allocation.

The criteria contained in the EA admissions guidance is used to allocate the 48 places.

After the 48 children are identified, they are allocated to a morning or afternoon session. To achieve as equal a distribution of ages and gender between the 2 groups, the 48 children are ordered according to their sex and birth date and are then allocated to morning or afternoon systematically (am, pm, am, pm etc.).

At Belmont Playcare it is normal for over 90% of parents to request a morning place therefore it is not possible to offer first choice of a morning place.

Parents may request an alternative session from that which they have been allocated. This should be done in writing.

The Board of Trustees will then look at the written requests for alternative session allocation and include all first preference applications who were initially unsuccessful.

The Board may take into consideration letters from outside agencies for children with Individual Needs and will follow the procedures as stated in Belmont Playcare’s Inclusion and Individual Learning Policy.

They will reapply the sub- criteria laid down by Belmont Playcare.If there is oversubscription at any criteria, final selection will be made on the basis of proximity of the child’s address to the preschool.

Belmont Playcare would like to stress that children attending either a morning or an afternoon session receive the same quality of experience. The sessions follow the same Preschool Curriculum, this has been designed to ensure that all children, no matter which session they attend, have experiences which will lead to the same learning outcomes.

Belmont Playcare would like to inform parents that they have no right to appeal allocation of sessions as per EA guidance.

Application Data

Academic Year 17/18

Number of applicationsreceived for 1st preference -56

Number of 2nd-6th preference application received- 10

(6 LATE APPLICATIONS received)

Criteria applied in order laid down, over subscribed at eldest child, applied distance to all remaining applications.

Academic Year 18/19

Number of applicationsreceived for 1st preference -58

Number of 2nd-6th preference received -18

Criteria applied in order laid down, over subscribed at eldest child, applied distance to all remaining applications.

Academic Year 19/20

Number of applications received for 1st preference - 78

Number of 2nd-6th preference received - 200+

Criteria applied in order laid down, over subscribed at eldest child, applied distance to all remaining applications.

Current Academic Year 20/21

Number of applicationsreceived for 1st preference -56

Number of 2nd-6th preference= 3

1 late application

Criteria applied in order laid down, over subscribed at eldest child, applied distance to all remaining applications.

Due to several of the children being placed in Special Education Provision and house moves we placed all families.

HEALTH WARNING

This is based on past history. We cannot tell the future, 2019 we were in the position for the first time ever that a high number ofplaygroup attenders applied, which meant very few eldest children were placed.

The pattern seems to be that Preschool receives between 56-58 applications.