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We have a maximum of 24 morning places available per session and a maximum of 24 places available per afternoon session. Children may attend full days. The school has its own admissions authority for Puddles and has adopted the North Yorkshire Education guidelines for admissions, which are as follows, in priority order: -

  1. Children with an Educational Health Care Plan
  2. Children who are recommended by the Director of Social Services, including children in care of the local authority, or by the Designated medical officer.
  3. Children from homes disadvantaged by poor housing conditions or overcrowding, or from a background which is prejudicial to the child’s normal educational development
  4. After the priority admissions shown above have been made, admission will then be made for children within the school’s normal catchment area. Allocation will be based on age, oldest first.
  5. Children from outside the school’s normal catchment area will be allocated a place, those nearest to school first.

Please see the NYCC admission policy for further guidance

Children are can attend Raindrops Nursery the term after their 2nd birthday. Admissions take place each term subject to available places. The academic year runs from September 1st to August 31st. Priority is given to those children who will be 2 before September 1st.Children in Raindrops Nursery will move into the Puddles room the half term after their 3rd birthday. This will provide seamless transition and continuity of provision within our setting.

Raindrops Nursery sessions run from 8:40am until 11:40am with a lunch session offered from 11.40am until 12.10pm, the afternoon session runs from 12.10pm until 3.10pm. Before and after school care is provided on site by our Early Years staff from 7.40am until 6pm.  Paid sessions may also be taken and a breakdown of Raindrops fees are shown below or are available from the Early Years office.

Your child may be eligible to receive 15 hours per week of FREE early years education and child care. Funded provision can be taken during either a morning or afternoon session (see below).  If you think you are eligible, please apply through the Online Parent Portal for North Yorkshire:


This webpage lists the criteria for eligibility for funded childcare for two year olds.  To begin the application process, click the ‘Electronic Checking Service’ button, and the follow the link to create an account.

pdfRaindrops Application Form 2019

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