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Admissions to Nursery and full time school

Applying for a part-time (nursery/ F1) school place

The school has a fifty two place Foundation 1 Unit (Nursery) and children attend for half day sessions, 15 hours per week (3 hrs each morning or 3 hrs each afternoon) . Children are admitted into the Foundation Nursery the term after they are aged 3 in September (Autumn Term), January (Spring Term) and April (Summer Term).


Children who are admitted into Nursery in September will usually spend three terms before starting full time school, children who are admitted in April usually spend four terms in our nursery and children who are admitted in January usually spend five terms in our nursery. 

Parents/ Carers who have registered their child(ren) for a part-time nursery place are contacted the term before they are due to start in the Foundation Unit and arrangements made for their child to attend induction sessions. All sessions are held in the schools Foundation Stage Unit.  On registering parents/ Carers may request a preference on morning or afternoon sessions but this cannot be guaranteed until a place is firmly offered. This firm offer is usually half a term before a child starts in Nursery. 

Parents/carers wishing to register their child may do so from 6 months' old by putting their child(ren) on the waiting list. Please contact school directly on 01623 465588  or alternatively parents/carers are welcome to call in at the school office to register their child for a part-time nursery place. You will be asked to complete an Application Form, which will be securely stored until the term before they are due to start. 


Visits are warmly welcomed prior to application so please phone the school office (01623 465588) or email ( to arrange a suitable date and time. 


NEW From September 2021 ALL DAY Foundation Stage 1/Nursery 30 Free Hours


Working parents/carers of 3 & 4 year olds may be eligible for a further 15 hours per week free childcare in addition to the existing 15 hours provided.  This is known as the 30 Hour Entitlement.  You can find full details & check your eligibility via the following websites:


If you are eligible for 30 hours entitlement & would like more details or to apply for a place please complete the application form  here or contact the school office on 01623 465588 or by email


Nursery Times


Morning Session 3 hours:  8:30am - 11:30am Mon - Fri

Afternoon sessions 3 hours: 12:30pm - 3:30pm Mon - Fri

All Day 30 hours entitlement: 8:30am - 3:30pm Mon - Fri*


*There will be a small charge of £2.50 per day for all children attending all day to cover the cost of childcare whilst the children have lunch.







Even though a child may attend John T. Rice School’s Foundation unit (F1 Nursey), parents/carers still have to apply for a full time place in school. We currently have a planned admission number (PAN) of 50 places. If parents live in Nottinghamshire, they must apply for a school place through Nottinghamshire County Council. A letter will be sent from the LA (Local Authority) with details on how to apply and deadlines etc. Parents may choose any school for a full time place but standard admission criteria as above will be applied.

All Nottinghamshire schools now admit pupils at one point of entry. Children will be admitted to full-time school in the September following their fourth birthday. Some parents may wish to defer the start of full-time education until compulsory school age. Parents/carers should discuss this option with the Headteacher of your preferred school or the School Admissions Team.

Parents who are considering sending their child to this school are welcome to visit by arranging a time with the Headteacher.

Over subscription
In the event of oversubscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which applications will be granted places:

  1. Children looked after by a local authority and previously looked after children.
  2. Children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school.
  3. Other children who live in the catchment area at the closing date for applications.
  4. Other children who live outside the catchment area.

Preference will be given to children who live nearest to the school as the crow flies. Distances are measured from the entrance to the child’s home to the school’s main entrance.

To apply for a full time school place please click on the School Admissions link below. Alternatively please telephone  Admissions on 0300 500 8080

Admission arrangements Notts County Council 2022 - 2023

Would you like to find out what parents/ carers say about our school?  Click on the link below for our most recent parent/ carer survey.