Harcourt Pre-School aims to be a fully inclusive setting and aims to remove all reasonable barriers for children to attend the setting. Children will be offered a place regardless of their sex, culture, language, religion, physical or learning ability, parents’ ability to pay or home location.
In instances where we are oversubscribed, Harcourt Pre-School operates a waiting list system and children are allocated places in waiting list order.
Parents are contacted in March/April to discuss places for the main September start. However, if a place becomes available, we will continue to contact parents throughout the year to offer a mid-term start. We strive to provide flexible all year round entrance to families.
Our usual intake is around 40 children; this includes approximately 25 three year olds and 15 two year olds.
We accept children from the age of two years old. Children that are younger than 2.5 years old will be admitted once both parents and Harcourt Pre-School agree that the child is ready for a pre-school environment.
If it is felt that the child would benefit from a delayed start date, we will work closely with the parents to find a mutually agreeable admission date.
We offer flexibility in terms of the days and sessions a child attends, subject to availability.
We strongly recommend that the minimum number of sessions (a ‘session’ is half a day) for children who are three years old on 1 Sept is at least three sessions; and children who are two on 1 Sept are recommended to attend for at least two sessions. We feel that the benefit to the child is increased by attending for more than a single session a week in terms of relationships with other children and with their keyworker.