How far ahead should I apply?
You can apply anytime but we won't make an offer more than a year ahead for under-3s. For preschoolers the earliest we will make an offer is in March prior to them starting in August.
When will I hear about my application?
The next processing period will take place in Sept 2023 for places from Sept 2024 and onwards, and March 2024 for preschoolers starting in August 2024. If your child is in the waiting pool, you should expect an email around a month before the processing period asking if you still need a place. Please add the nursery email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your Contacts so that our update emails do not go into your spam.
What is the availability for places?
The timetable is completely full until mid 2024, with 50+ families in the waiting pool. We cannot offer 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. Before we start processing 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; and children of critical workers 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). Please note that due to significant demand for sibling places and P1 deferrals it is increasingly difficult to enroll new families.
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.