If your child has or is about to turn three, apply NOW for a place in our outstanding Nursery next year.
For more information contact Tania on 0207 485 2155 or Tania@eleanorpalmer.camden.sch.uk
Why choose our Nursery?
Our nursery, as all school nurseries, is led by a qualified teacher supported by a fully trained nursery nurse and additional support from a teaching assistant. This is not required in non-school nursery settings. In our case, our team are highly experienced all having taught for over 20 years and still as enthusiastic and passionate as ever!
We offer a full-time (9-3.30pm) 26 place Nursery which is fully inclusive. By being here for a full school day and a full week, our nursery children rapidly become part of our school! They come to assembly, can play alongside Reception in the ‘big playground’ , can access learning resources from older classes and become imbued in our special ethos!
Parents are very welcome to be a part of settling in and then to contribute to Nursery life be that supporting one of our many trips, reading or bringing something special in to share. We always start the year with an evening party to welcome our families!
We handle our own Nursery admissions and we strictly abide by Camden’s admissions criteria. Please note that places in our nursery are offered on the basis of distance, and not on a first-come, first-served basis. Get in touch with us in the school year in which they turn three in order to discuss a place for them to start in the following academic year.
It is important to note that a place in our Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception.
Applying for a Reception place
Admissions into our Reception class are managed by Camden Education Authority. Eleanor Palmer is a very popular and over subscribed school. We have many more applications than places and so the local authority have to apply admissions criteria as follows:
Children are admitted in the following order:
- Children for whom the school has been named on a ‘Statement of Special Educational Needs’;
- Children who are, or have previously been, in UK public care;
- Brothers and sisters of children already at the school;
- Children who have an exceptional medical or social need, which would be helped by attending our particular school. This must be substantiated by appropriate professionals and is considered by a local authority panel;
- Children whose parent is a qualified teacher working at the school for two years or more at the time of application;
- Children who live closest to the school, measured as the crow flies from the centre of the school site.
There is no fixed catchment area as the places allocated on the 6th criteria depend on the places allocated through the first 5 criteria.
Please note that it is very important to us that children are genuinely part of our community and are living permanently at the address given on their admission form. We work very closely with Camden admissions and will fully investigate any case where a parent is thought to have supplied false or inappropriate information – for example a short-term rented address or the address of a relative to try to gain an advantage in obtaining a place in our school.
The closing date for Reception is the middle of January preceding the school year (September –August) in which your child becomes 5.
The closing date for Nursery applications is the end of February for a September start. We aim to fill our Nursery each September but, should places arise, accept in-year applications for children who have turned 3 in the preceding term.
Places, for a September start, are allocated for Reception in the April by Camden Admissions.
Parents are welcome to register their child from the age of 2. However, length of time on the waiting list does not take priority over admissions criteria.
We encourage prospective parents to come and visit the school at the time of registration. Our pupils will give you a full tour, and there will be a chance to meet Kate Frood, Headteacher.
We understand that having the opportunity to visit our school, to hear from our Head, and to ask questions is a vital part of making a decision around application. We have Open Days each term during which our Head will tell you more about the school and the application process. You can also see our school in action as our children will give you a guided tour! Apologies, but we are unable to accommodate adhoc visits outside of Open Days.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the school office on 0207 485 2155 to book onto a tour.