Holy Trinity CofE Primary School

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

Nursery Admissions


About our Nursery

The Holy Trinity Nursery is led by qualified teachers and follows the Government's "Early Years Foundation Stage" (EYFS) curriculum which consists of seven different areas of learning. We aim to deliver this to all the children by offering a wide variety of activities to encourage children to become independent learners that are ready for the school year ahead. 

We admit children to the Nursery class for one year, from the September of the school year in which the child turns 4:

  • The children who are currently in our nursery have dates of birth between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 
  • Children with dates of birth between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021 are due to start in September 2024
  • Children with dates of birth between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2022 are due to start in September 2025
  • Children with dates of birth between 1 September 2022 and 31 August 2023 are due to start in September 2026

If there are places in the nursery after the end of the Autumn term the school may offer these to children who turned three during the Autumn term, in accordance with the criteria set out in our Admissions Policy. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for an early place please contact Samantha Joiner (SBM@holytrinity.merton.sch.uk).  Please note that we will be unable to let you know whether we have a place for your child until late December.



Open/ Foundation and Part Time/ Full Time Spaces

We can accommodate up to 26 children in the nursery at any one time.  We offer a combination of both part time and full time places (all term time only):

  • Children with part time places will attend either in the mornings (from 8.30am to 11.30am Monday to Friday) or in the afternoons (12.30pm to 3.30pm Monday to Friday).
  • Children with full time places will attend from 8.30pm to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and must bring a nut-free healthy packed lunch.

Half of the places will be allocated to Open Place applicants and half to Foundation Place applicants, in keeping with our Admissions Policy for the wider school (see 'Admissions Arrangements' below).

Places will typically be made available as follows:

  •  Up to 16 full time places (8 Open Places and 8 Foundation Places)
  •  10 or more morning places (5 Open Places and 5 Foundation Places)
  •  10 or more afternoon places (5 Open Places and 5 Foundation Places)

The school reserves the right to offer unused spaces to families requesting an alternative session, to maximise capacity in the nursery e.g. if we have unused full time places we may convert these to half day sessions.

When applying parents may list their session preferences in priority order.  We will use our Admissions Criteria to rank all applicants and work from the top of the list downwards to allocate all available places.  This means that a family applying for a full day place may be offered a half day place if all of the full day places have been allocated by the time we reach their position in the ranked applicant list.


Government Funding and Fees

Part Time Places – Fully Funded

Part time places are fully funded by the government’s Free Early Universal Education Offer which provides free nursery education for children over 3 years old for 15 hours per week (this equates to 3 hours per day in our nursery).  Please note that you cannot use your child’s funding at our nursery and at another nursery at the same time.

Full Time Places – Part Funded

Some families are entitled to 30 hours’ free childcare per week.  To find out whether you might be eligible and to register for funding please visit https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare).

Our full time places are from 8.30am to 3.30pm, five days per week (35 hours per week in total).  We therefore ask parents to pay a charge of £9.50 per day for the additional hour each day for which we cannot claim government funding.

The 30 hours funding is subject to eligibility criteria which are determined by the government. If you are offered a full day place and accept this but subsequently do not receive the government funding (or if you cease to be eligible during the year) you will be required to pay the school for all sessions not funded by the government. 

Full Time Places – Self Funded

Families who are not eligible for 30 hours government funded childcare may choose to self-fund.  Your child will receive 3 hours of government funded “free” provision each day and then 4 additional self-funded hours at a cost of £41 per day.

Parents whose applications for full day sessions are successful will receive additional information about how and when the fees should be paid at the time of offer.


Entry in September 2024 - How and When to Apply

As we are a voluntary aided school, we manage all nursery applications ourselves in accordance with our Admissions Policy.  The application deadline for Nursery places starting in September 2024 was at 5pm on Monday 12th February 2024.

If you wish to make a late application, the form below should be downloaded, printed, completed and returned directly to the school.  Applications may also be emailed to sbm@holytrinity.merton.sch.uk.

Should you wish to apply for a Foundation place you will also need to complete a Supplementary Form (which you must get signed by the minister of your church) and to return this along with your application form. A copy may be found below. 

We are aware that many local churches have been closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning that families have been prevented from consistently attending church over the two year period required.  Our governors have therefore written an addendum to our Admissions Policy which states that: "In the event that the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship during the last 2 years, the requirement for attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship".

Children who have attended the nursery at Holy Trinity do not automatically receive a place in our Reception class, nor do they have priority over those who have not attended our nursery.


Open Days 
If your child is due to start in September 2024, and you have not already visited the school, please email SBM@holytrinity.merton.sch.uk to organise a tour.
If your child is due to start in September 2025, we look forward to welcoming you at one of our open days in the autumn term.  Please check this website again in late September for details of our events and how to book.
Please note that nursery open events will include tours of the Nursery and not the wider school.  If you would like a tour of the whole school please see our Reception Admissions page for details of our Reception open days.

In Year Places

If you are interested in an in-year place (either because if your child is already of nursery age or because you are interested in an early place for a child who turns 3 in the autumn term) please email Samantha Joiner (SBM@holytrinity.merton.sch.uk) who will let you know if we have spaces available and add you to the waiting list where applicable.

If you are successful in obtaining an early place you will need to apply again for the following academic year, so that we can be fair to all applicants.


If You have Questions...

If you would like to talk through any aspect of the Admissions process, please contact Samantha Joiner (SBM@holytrinity.merton.sch.uk) or 020 8542 1591

Parents and carers who apply to Holy Trinity and are not offered a place for their child have the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel following notification of the decision not to admit.

Appeals can be considered under two categories:

  • that the admission arrangements did not comply with admissions law or were not correctly and impartially applied
  • the decision not to offer was not one which a reasonable admission authority would have made in the circumstances of the case
Parents wishing to appeal should obtain an appeal form from the school (please email sbm@holytrinity.merton.sch.uk or telephone 020 8542 1591).
The completed appeal form should be sent to reach the Clerk of the Appeals Panel, care of the school, within the period for the making of appeals laid down by statute from time to time or if no period is laid down then within 20 school days of the date of the letter confirming the governors’ decision not to offer a place.  The timetable for lodging an appeal will be attached as soon as Merton's appeals timetable has been confirmed (we follow the same timings).  In the meantime, the appeals timetable for 2023-24 has been attached for your reference.
If you have any questions, please contact our School Business Manager (sbm@holytrinity.merton.sch.uk or telephone 020 8542 1591).