Nursery Admissions

At Cranborne Primary School, we care about giving your child the best possible start to their school life.

Our dedicated staff members are committed to meeting the needs of each individual child, whilst nurturing their interests and talents. Activities are planned to ensure all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum are covered and are designed to follow the interests of the children to ensure maximum engagement.

We offer a safe and stimulating environment both inside and outside, which is filled with open-ended resources and learning opportunities.

Here at Cranborne, we have an ‘open door’ policy and welcome parents and carers to contact us with regards to your child’s progress and with any questions or concerns you may have.

We welcome the chance for you to come and see us in action, so if you would like to visit, please contact the school office and make an appointment to come and see us.

What we offer:

Cranborne Primary School offers 15 hours of child care, Monday to Friday morning, term time only. This offer is made for children in the September after they turn 3 years old. We have 39 places available in our Nursery.

All parents are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare, however we also offer a Lunchtime Club and a Wraparound Club for those parents who require the extra hours of childcare, however these are chargeable to the parent/carer. The Nursery operates from 8:45am to 11:45am, Lunchtime Club operates from 11:45am to 12:30pm and costs £3 a day, and the Wraparound Club operates from 12:30pm to 3:30pm and costs £12 a day. If a child is staying for Wraparound Club, they must stay for Lunchtime club and parents must provide a packed lunch. Lunchtime Club and Wraparound Club must be booked and paid for in advance.

What am I entitled to?

All children who are three or four years old are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare. Some children may be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare. This additional provision is not offered on site at Cranborne but we can direct you to other settings that do offer this.

How do I apply?

Schools are now responsible for their own nursery admissions. In Potters Bar, we have worked together to agree times and a process that align. All parents need to apply directly to the school by filling out an application form. At Cranborne, we have created an online form. Use the following link to access this:

Application Form


When do I apply?

Key Dates:

3rd February 2021       Apply online

13th March 2021           Deadline to apply for a Nursery Place

16th March 2021          Offers of places: Parents will be emailed their school place allocated

24th April 2021             Accept place: via email


How are applications Considered?

Once the closing date has arrived, we will then consider all the applications made. If there are less than 39 applications made, all offers will be made. If we receive more applications, then the following  criteria will be applied:

1. Does your child have an EHCP?

2. Is your child a looked after child?

3. Does your child have any medical or social  reasons that make Cranborne the best placed setting for your child?

4. Does your child have a sibling in the school?

5. Do one or more of the parents work in the school?

6. Do you live close to the school (shortest distance will take priority)?

To be eligible for criteria 1-3, further documents will be required at the point of application.  If these are not sent to the school before the application deadline, this criteria will not be considered.


How will distances be measured?

We will use the following online distance measuring tool to calculate the straight line distance from your house to the school


When will offers be made?

Offers will be made on the 16th March 2021. Parents will have until the 24th April to accept or reject the offer.