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Woodlands Staff are happy to show parents around our school.  If you wish to have a tour, please make an appointment via the school office.

We have 3 dates when we are happy to show new Reception parents around our school in preparation of making a Reception application for September 2020.

The dates are:

  •  Thursday 14th November 2019 at 10am
  •  Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 10am
  •  Thursday 9th January 2020 at 10am.

If you would like to view the school, please contact the school office to secure your appointment time.


The HCC admission website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

  • Opens on 4th November 2019
  • Closes on 15th January 2020 
  • Allocation day is on 16th April 2020.
  • The cohort is from 01/09/15 - 31/08/16



Admissions for playgroup places should be made via the school Playgroup admissions form.

An application form can be obtained via the school office or can be downloaded by clicking here.

The school follows the admission criteria modelled upon the Hertfordshire County Council policy for nursery admissions.

Please note that if your child has a playgroup place, they are not guaranteed a Nursery place and will need to re-apply.



Nursery Admission September 2020 intake

When will my child start at nursery?

Woodlands will be managing nursery admissions.  Information below is on how to apply for a Nursery place for September 2020. 


Children born between 1/9/16 - 31/8/17 can apply for a Nursery place as stated below by contacting the Nursery of their choice.  Application process is as follows:

  • Apply to Nursery from Monday 6th January 2020
  • Closing date is 5pm on Friday 13th March 2020
  • Allocation day by post/email is Monday 20th April 2020
  • Deadline to accept places is Tuesday 5th May 2020

Opening Days to View our Nursery - Parents can make an appointment with the school office to visit on one of the following days 

  • Monday 13th January 2020 at 9.30am
  • Thursday 6th February 2020 at 9.30am
  • Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 9.30am.


Unfortunately, the school is unable to accept any applications for Nursery prior to Monday 6th January 2020 when the cohort is open for all primary schools to accept applications.


Information Leaflet: //docs/NewWordNurseryBooklet1_2020.pdf

 Application Form: //docs/WOODLANDS_NURSERY_2020_APPLICATION_FORM.pdf


Parents will need to fill in parts of the form before returning it to the school office.   Incomplete applications will not be considered as part of the nursery admissions.  Parents are asked to let the school know as soon as they have accepted a Nursery place in order that the place can be offered to another child on the waiting list.


 30 hours free childcare for 3-4 year olds

As you may already know, from September 2017, the Government is introducing new funding to allow childcare providers to offer 30 hours free childcare to working parents. At present, all 3 and 4 year olds are already entitled to 15 hours of free childcare a week and this additional 15 free hours will be on offer to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parent earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year (visit www.gov.uk to check your eligibility).

Currently, this scheme is voluntary and so each childcare provider (child-minder, private nursery school nursery etc) is able to make a choice about whether they want to participate. Woodlands School Nursery will be offering the 30 free hours, however this will be run as part of our existing extended care provision in conjunction with our afternoon Playgroup.

If you think you are eligible and are interested in accessing the extra hours of childcare please contact the School Office. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – and each child’s needs will then be discussed individually with Parents

Please note, the main priority of the Nursery staff at all times is the welfare of the child and it may be that extended care is not appropriate for every child or that a period of time is needed in order to transition to the full 30 hours requested.

HOW TO APPLY: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/


Please note that if your child has a Nursery place, they are not guaranteed a school place and will need to re-apply.


Admissions for Reception places are also completed online via the Hertfordshire Council website at www.hertdirect.org/admissions  All applications, offer of places and acceptance of places must be completed online via the website address above.

 Oversubsription Criteria


All allocations are made through Herts County Council.  If your child is not allocated a school place, they will be added to the waiting list.  To find out where on the waiting list they appear, please contact Mrs Byfield at the school office.  Please note that we cannot allocate school places.


IN YEAR APPLICATION. If a school place is required for children who has moved into the area or you wish to transfer your child from one school to another, this request will need to be completed via Hertfordshire County Council Admissions team.


The In-Year Admission Team can be contacted on:

Tel: 0300-123-4043

Text Phone:  0300 123 4041


The admissions team will inform you of the vacancies in the area and send you the relevant paperwork that will need to be returned to the address below.


Admissions & Transport Team

County Hall CHR 102

Pegs Lane


SG13 8DG


Please note:  We are unable to allocate places without HCC authorisation.


Information regarding Secondary Schools is distributed to Year 5 parents as and when available to us.

We strongly advise all parents to view the relevant Secondary School website to seek further information regarding Secondary admissions tests, open days etc.