Admission Arrangements

Where demand for places at these nursery schools and classes exceeds the number of places available, the following admission arrangements are used to decide which children will be admitted to nursery. This is to ensure as far as possible that all nurseries are servicing the needs of their local communities, and providing support for children and families most in need.
Oversubscription Criteria for 2 Year Olds

1. ‘Looked after children’ meaning children accommodated by the Local Authority.
2. Parental home residence within the defined catchment area of the school.
3. Concurrent sibling link – brother or sister only attending the nursery when the child will be admitted (this includes adoptive siblings, half siblings, step siblings, long-term fostered children residing at the same address).
4. Shortest distance from the centre of the parental home residence (including flats) to the main nursery entrance as measured as a straight line using the Local Authority Geographical Information System with those living closer to the nursery receiving higher priority. The distance measurement will be used as a tie-breaker within each criterion, where necessary.
Oversubscription Criteria for 3-4 Year Olds

1. ‘Looked after children’ meaning children accommodated by the Local Authority.
2. Children with special educational needs.
3. Children who require professional support for example, children who have English as a second language.
4. Concurrent sibling link – brother or sister only attending the nursery when the child will be admitted (this includes adoptive siblings, half siblings, step siblings, long-term fostered children residing at the same address).
5. Shortest distance from the centre of the parental home residence (including flats) to the main nursery entrance as measured as a straight line using the Local Authority Geographical Information System with those living closer to the nursery receiving higher priority.

The distance measurement will be used as a tie-breaker within each criterion, where necessary.

There is no right of appeal against an offer of a free early years place. However, you may contact the Early Years Team if you believe your child has not received his or her free entitlement.

Early Years Team
Level 0, Broughton Street
South Tyneside Council & Civic Offices
Westoe Road
South Shields
NE33 2RL
Telephone: 0191 4246119

Registration Application

Preferred Session

Does your child have any health issues?

Does your child have any special educational needs?

Does your child have any involvement with Health, Social Care or any other support agencies?

Has your child previously attended any other childcare provision?

I give permission for nursery to contact my child’s Health Visitor in order to support their learning in school?

Does your child have any siblings?