How far ahead should I apply?
For under-2s you can apply a maximum of one year ahead of the desired start date. For children who would be starting after their 2nd birthday the earliest we will take an application is 6 months prior.
When will I hear about my application?
The Summer 2022 processing is now finished. The next processing period will take place in Winter 2022 for places from January 2024 and onwards. If your child is in the waiting pool, you should expect an email this December asking for an update.
What is the availability for places?
The timetable is completely full until the end of 2023, with a waiting pool. It is not possible to apply for places more than a year ahead, so at the moment the only availability would occur if a child does not take up their place.
When will I have to pay the admin fee?
We realise people's circumstances may change after they've applied. When we start timetabling applications we will get in touch to see if you are still interested. If so, we will send an admin fee invoice. You will only have to pay it once per family.
How are places allocated?
We will consider children whose desired booking pattern and age is a close match to the place available. Looked-after children and those known to the local authority as having special educational needs; siblings and children who have attended another Montessori nursery previously have priority. If there are more children than the spaces available, selection will be made based on a trial visit (older children) or a tour (younger children).
When can I have a tour?
We offer a trial visit or a tour to children who have received an offer or, in the case of oversubscription, who are shortlisted for a place. In the meantime, we have a video and gallery here.