Admissions policy

Priory Park Playgroup will ensure that:

  • The existence of our playgroup is widely advertised in places accessible to all sections of the community
  • Information about our playgroup is accessible, in written and spoken form and, where appropriate, in more than one language. Where necessary, we will try to provide information in Braille, or through British Sign Language. We will provide translated written materials where language needs of families suggest this is required as well as access to an interpreter
  • We arrange our waiting list in date of birth order (1 September to 31 August)
  • Places are offered using the following criteria:
    • eldest to the youngest
    • priority given to children in Priory Park Ward (Catchment area – as defined by Cambridgeshire County Council)
    • to children whose siblings already attend the playgroup or have previously attended the playgroup
    • consideration to the financial viability of the playgroup
  • The waiting list for children eligible to start playgroup in the coming academic year will be closed on 1 January. Parents can register their children on a reserve list after this date
  • Offer letters for entry into the Rainbow Room will be posted, and where possible emailed, on 1st June. A response is required within seven days after which if no telephone contact can be made the child’s name is withdrawn from the Waiting List and the place offered to another child
  • An Administration Charge of £10.00 will be charged on acceptance of places at the playgroup and commencement in the Rainbow Room
  • We keep a place vacant, if this is financially viable, to accommodate an emergency admission
  • We describe Priory Park Playgroup and its practices in terms that make it clear that it welcomes fathers and mothers, other relations and other carers, including childminders
  • We describe our setting and its practices in terms of how it treats each child and their family, having regard to their needs arising from their gender, special educational needs, disabilities, social background, religion, and ethnicity or from English being a newly acquired additional language
  • We describe our playgroup and its practices in terms of how it enables children and/or parents with disabilities to take part in the life of the setting
  • We monitor the gender and ethnic background of children joining the group to ensure that our intake is representative of social diversity
  • We make our Equal Opportunities Policy widely known
  • We consult with families about the opening times of the setting to ensure we accommodate a broad range of family need
  • We are flexible about attendance patterns to accommodate the needs of individual children and families, providing these do not disrupt the pattern of continuity in the playgroup that provides stability for all the children.