Nursery Admissions

Children are eligible to begin their free nursery entitlement (15 hours) the term after their third birthday. Parents are able to officially put their children’s name on the waiting list the term after their second birthday.  We also have a limited number of 30-hour free places available – these are allocated on a first-come/first-served basis.

Admissions to Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School follow the Local Authority’s Nursery Education – A Guide for Parents on Nursery Admission Arrangements booklet. We adhere to Warrington Borough Council’s admissions policy and procedures.

Parents/carers who wish to enrol their child for Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School either:

Fill in a form which is available from our reception office and kept on file, if the child is not 3 before the year prior to admission.


Complete a Local Authority admissions form which is available from the school or Children and Young People’s Services
Directorate, Access Team, 2nd Floor, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH, if the child is 3 during the year prior to the September intake.

A child usually attends nursery for three terms prior to the year in which they start Reception class.  If there are places following the September intake, consideration will be given firstly to children who are 3 before 31 December that same year and secondly to children shortly after their 3rd birthday during the year, thus enabling them to have four or five terms of nursery education.

Placements in the first instance at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School are for Warrington residents only. Relocations to Warrington after the closing date will be considered as late applicants.

If the demand for places exceeds the number of placements available, the following over-subscription criteria will be applied:
1. Children in the care of the Local Authority (CiC);
2. Children with Special Educational Needs;
3. Children with exceptional personal or domestic circumstances;
4. Children resident in Warrington who currently attend a children’s centre nursery linked to the school (ie, The Lakes);
5. Other children resident in Warrington;
6. Children resident outside Warrington.

If there are insufficient places to accommodate all the children in one of the categories detailed above, priority will be given to children living nearest to the school.

Successful applicants will be informed by the school before the end of April prior to the September intake.

Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School will keep a waiting list of unsuccessful applicants and they will be informed when a place becomes available.

Admission queries will be dealt with by:

1. Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School on 01925 623640;


2. The Access Team on 01925 443117/442951