Nursery Admission Statement

Starting nursery is a very important milestone in every child’s life. As a parent/carer, you have a vital role to play in helping your child take the first steps on their learning journey. We are keen to work with you to make sure that starting nursery is a positive experience for your child, and to help your child achieve their full potential in a warm and caring environment.

Abel Smith Nursery is an integral part of Abel Smith School, which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Nursery application form for September 2021


Children are expected to attend five sessions a week to ensure continuity in their learning, and access to the whole curriculum. A session lasts for three hours, and 15 hours per week (5 sessions) are funded by the government.  If you are only requesting a 15 hour place you can indicate your preference to a morning or afternoon session on your application form.  The school will endeavour to meet your preference however, there will be some occasions where this might not be possible.

Our nursery has one intake per year at the start of September, though in year admissions will be considered on a case by case basis and will be dependent on the number of children in the nursery class.

30 Hours provision at Abel Smith

The 30-hour provision as the school is the wrap around care provided by the school each day for nursery aged children through the provision of a lunch club and afternoon nursery sessions.

These sessions are available to all nursery children, whether funded (via 30 hours entitlement) or for a fee.  Each term you can choose how many sessions your child will attend. We do not offer partial sessions (e.g. leaving at 2:30 pm) and you cannot change booked sessions until the following term.

Children attending lunch club have the option to purchase a school meal for £2.35 each day or they can bring a healthy packed lunch from home.  Please note our lunch box rules are as follows: No nuts, no glass bottles, no fizzy drinks, no sweets and chocolate.

See below for more information about the 30 hour provision at the school:

Session Times and Prices

Morning Nursery – Monday to Friday8.30 – 11.30Funded via Government 15-hour scheme for 3/4 year olds
Lunch Club –         Monday to Friday11.30 – 12.30£6 per session or part of the 30-hour entitlement
30 Hours Afternoon Nursery Monday to Friday12.30 – 15.00£8 per hour

A late pick-up fee will be applied, at the schools’ discretion, for each block of 15 minutes entered into.

Unfortunately, we are not able to give refunds for sessions that children miss due to illness or holidays.  However, if your child has school meals and you notify the school of their absence you will not be charged for the missed school meal.

The Nursery operates term time only and follows the Abel Smith School calendar observing the same holidays.

In addition we have an independently run Out Of School Club (The Dell) operating within the school grounds.  They provide Breakfast Club from 7.30am, Afterschool Club until 6pm and Holiday Club which covers most of the school holidays.  See their website for further details – The Dell

More About Us

  • The Nursery makes provision for children with special needs and children who have English as an additional language.
  • The setting employs one full time teacher and part time teaching assistants educated to NVQ level 3, always providing the appropriate ratios (1:13).
  • To keep you informed a learning journal is compiled, which is a celebration of your child’s achievement throughout their time in Nursery. It records those special moments keeping you involved in a partnership as your child develops. You are also able to post your own observations of exciting things you do at home/during holidays.
  • The Nursery children at Abel Smith are encouraged to wear our school polo shirt and other practical clothing, as we expect them to participate in painting, gluing and outdoor play.
  • We promote healthy eating in school and participate in the governments ‘School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme’. This entitles each child to a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. Under the Welfare Food Scheme, run by the Department of Health, ‘Under fives’ are also eligible for free school milk.

The next academic year starting 1st September 2021 for children born 1st September 2017 to August 2018. Applications should be made directly to the school, from Monday 1st February 2021.

Allocation of a Nursery place does not guarantee subsequent admission into Abel Smith School Reception Class. Parents must re-apply for a school place through the County Council and not directly to the school.


Applications OpenMonday 1st February 2021Please complete the Google form and submit the application by 12 noon on the deadline date
Application DeadlineThursday 25th February 2021You can submit your applications up to 12 noon on this date for consideration. Applications received after this date will not be considered for a nursery place until Wednesday 21st April 2021.
Offer DateFriday 12th  March 2021We will email you with the outcome of your application on this date.
Accept your PlaceThursday 25th March 2021Last date for accepting the place offered. Please ensure that you have accepted the place in writing by email by this date.


If applications to Abel Smith Nursery exceed the number of places available, then the following set of admission criteria, or rules, are used to decide which children to offer places to:

  1. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school will be allocated a place in accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996.
  2. Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school.
  3. Children in public care (children looked after).
  4. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age-range of the school i.e. Year 6.
  5. Children who currently attend our pre-school for at least 4 sessions per week.
  6. Those who live nearest to the nursery as measured by Hertfordshire County Council website Hertsdirect – My nearest school.  The system uses Address Base Premium data – and is used by the County Council to allocate Reception class places.

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Right of Appeal:  Parents are asked not to telephone the school to discuss the allocation but appeal in writing to the School giving the circumstances to be taken into account.

 In Year Admissions to Nursery

In year admissions into our Nursery class will be considered on a case by case basis depending on the numbers in the current class.


 What is is?

This is an entitlement for working parents of 3 and 4 year old children which was introduced by the Government in September 2017. It is an additional 15 hours per week of childcare entitlement in addition to the child’s existing 15 hour free early education place.  You can choose to use it in any setting that offers it.

Who is Eligible?  It is the responsibility of the parent to apply for 30 hours free childcare via the online HMRC eligibility checker. Parents will receive a voucher code if they are eligible which should be entered on the application form.  It is necessary to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months by logging back into your childcare service account You should receive reminders from HMRC about this. Therefore it may be necessary for you to reconfirm several times before your child’s Nursery start date.

For eligibility criteria, and to apply, go to

For up-to-date information on childcare in Hertfordshire go to

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