The Orchard Park nursery class is for children who are 3+ and is led by a qualified nursery teacher and support staff. We offer both 15 and 30 hour places. The nursery class is part of the Orchard Park Community Primary School.
In Cambridgeshire, a child is deemed to be of nursery age from the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday until 31st August following their fourth birthday. Children are eligible for a funded place for 15 hours from the beginning of the term following their 3rd birthday.
30 funded hours are available for those who meet certain criteria. Please click here for a copy of the leaflet '30 Hours Free Childcare for Working Families'. For further information and also a calculator to determine if you are eligible for 30 hours funding please consult the website below. If you would prefer to discuss eligibility, please phone Cambridgeshire County Council on 01480 373402.
Parents can chose one of the following options for a 15 hour nursery place:
Morning sessions - 8:50 - 11:50 am
Afternoon sessions - 12:20 - 3:20 pm
First half of the week - Mon and Tues 9:00 am - 3:15 pm plus Wed 8:50 am - 11:50 am
Second half of the week - Wed 12:20 - 3:20 pm plus Thur and Fri 9.00 - 3:15 pm
It will be possible to top up 15 hour spaces. However, this will be reviewed and allocated on a termly basis. Please click here for a copy of the Charges and Remissions Policy for a breakdown of costs.
There are a limited number of 30 hour sessions which will be organised as below. Please note that a 30 hour place will not be allocated unless the entitlement code is provided.
Full day sessions - Monday to Friday 9 :00 am - 3:15 pm
A school dinner can be purchased at £2.25 for your child or you can supply a packed lunch - on the days that your child is at nursery all day.
Places are offered according to the Cambridgeshire Admissions Policy. Please click here for further information regarding this. The catchment area for a nursery place is the same as published catchment area for admission to the school.
For applications received for a child seeking admission in their term after their third birthday, places will be offered on a strictly first come first served basis.
Where more applications are received than places are available, places will be allocated in accordance with the following over-subscription criteria not according to the date of application:
1. Children with a sibling at Orchard Park CP School that live in catchment area.
2. Children in our catchment area in age order (oldest first).
3. Children with a sibling at Orchard Park CP School that do not live in catchment.
4. Chldren out of catchment area in age order (oldest first).
If a child does is not offered a place they will be put on the waiting list following the above mentioned criteria (NOT according to the date of application). When a place becomes available the next eligible family on the waiting list will be contacted to establish whether or not the vacancy suits their needs. Please click here for a copy of the Nursery Admissions Policy.
If you would like your child to have a nursery place, please return a completed application form to us (see below). Paper copies of the admissions form are also available from the School Office.
Please click here for a copy of the Nursery Expression of Interest Form
Please click here for a copy of the Nursery Class Admission Form
Please click here for a copy of the Nursery Pack (offering more detailed information)
Please click here for a copy of the Charges and Remissions Policy
Please click here for a copy of the Nursery Admissions Policy
For further information regarding your child's entitlement to free early years learning please consult Cambridgeshire County Council's website