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Dewsbury College provides an on–site Nursery, which accepts children 3 months – 5 years, providing a place is available within the Nursery The Nursery Manager allocates places annually according to the following ordered priorities: 1. The Nursery will reserve a maximum of 20 FTE places each year for staff members and external customers. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 2. Care to Learn (full-time) 3. Higher Education (full-time) 4. Children of students full-time or substantial part-time course, returning to complete the second year of a two year learning programme 5. Children of students undertaking the first year of full-time or substantial parttime vocational learning programme; 6. Children of students on a part-time programme. Since staff child ratios must be adhered to applicants who are not allocated a place will be placed on a waiting list and will be informed when a place is available. The Nursery Manager, on behalf of Dewsbury College, reserves the right to refuse a childcare place in the College Nursery (Happy Learners Day Nursery). Appeals Procedure Any student or member of staff who is not allocated a place in the College Nursery will have the right of appeal to the Executive Director (Learner Services). This appeal to be in writing within 7 days of being notified.

You can apply for a nursery place by completing the relevant application form available from Student Services, College reception, online on the nursery website or by contacting the Nursery Manager direct. Happy Learners Day Nursery provides an information pack for all parents. The pack includes essential information concerning the nursery’s approach to significant issues.

When your child is offered a place in the nursery, you will be invited to the nursery to look around, and meet your child’s key worker.   At this time you will be asked to fill in a registration form. We will also need you to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. You will be asked to read the Terms and Conditions for accepting a place in nursery and to sign the contract to agree to these and to the amount of nursery fees you will be required to pay. You will be asked to sign a permission slip to enable the nursery staff to take photographs of your child to be used in nursery or in his/her Record of Achievement book and a permission slip to enable your child to go on visits outside college with the nursery staff. Any special needs, health problems etc. will be noted at this time. Parents of very young children will be asked to write down their child’s daily routine.

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Please note that:   A months notice is required in writing if you no longer require a place for your child. If a child does not attend for three consecutive weeks without the parent/carer contacting the nursery, the place will be given to another child. Waiting List - Admissions Procedure Many factors influence the intake of new children. We do however ensure that our system is fair at all times. The main considerations are:  That there is always a place available for babies to move through when they are two years old; The number of days requested will affect the timing of places allocated and offered. For example, if a part-time place becomes available, the next person on the waiting list will be contacted. If this place is declined then the next person is contacted and so on; A child who attends part-time can have their attendance days increased if a place is available at the time i.e. if the parent increases their days of work.

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