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The Pre-School years are a very important stage in your child’s development. Its a time where everything is new and children have a sense of awe and wonder of the world around them. Children begin to develop and practice the skills they will need to become lifelong learners as they get ready for school and prepare for future learning and successes.


We know that the process of selecting the right setting for your child, applying for a place and understanding the funding offer can be confusing for parents and carers. Please find information and links below.


Should you require any further information, please contact the Pre-School Manager, Vickey Bruce on 01924 370770 who is happy to help. 

Apply to a Waterton Pre-School

Apply to a Waterton Pre-School

Children are able to join our Pre-Schools from the age of 2 at any point in the year subject to availability of places and sessions. We recommend applying for a place as early as possible to avoid disappointment and suggest the following stages: 


  • Visit our Pre-School: We normally recommend a personal visit with the Pre School Manager as a first step.  This will give you the opportunity to view the facilities, meet other members of staff; see the children enjoying their day and get a feel for daily life at our Pre-Schools.
  • Registration : Once you’ve visited, we’ll ask you to complete an application form and to indicate the sessions that you would like to attend.

Pre – Schools Application Form

  • Welcome Session: Prior to joining, we’ll invite you and your child to attend a Welcome Session so that you and your child can spend some time settling in; meeting the staff and meeting the other children.

To find out more about joining a Waterton Pre-School or to arrange a personal visit, please give us a call on 01924 370770 or email watertonpreschools@watertonacademytrust.org



The government offers a range of financial support to help with childcare costs for parents such as the tax-free childcare scheme and various free childcare schemes for three and four year olds and disadvantaged two year olds.


To find out if your child is eligible, or to try out the childcare calculator or to find out how to apply for funding, follow the link below.


Childcare funding for 2, 3 and 4 year olds


Universal 15 hour funding can be obtained through Pre-School for 3 and 4 year olds from the first full term (and subsequent terms) after your child’s 3rd birthday, and for eligible 2 year olds.  


We also offer Extended hours up to a further 15 hours of funded entitlement where possible for children whose parents meet the required criteria.


Please note that children born in April are not eligible for funding until the following September because the official cut-off date is 31st March.


We accept any childcare voucher scheme and are able to offer advice and help to organise these, if required.

Apply for Reception

Apply for Reception

Children are eligible to start school (Reception) in the academic year following their fourth birthday. 


Wakefield operates a co-ordinated scheme for primary admission arrangements. This means that Wakefield Council administer applications for all schools in the Wakefield and Pontefract area.


Important dates for admission:

15th January: The deadline for ‘on-time’ applications. Late applications will still be considered but there is less chance of getting a place at one of your preferred schools.


16th April: Primary Schools National Offer Day.


Each Local Authority publish an admissions booklet online that explains their application process and include a directory with a list of schools’ details, admissions policies etc.


It’s a really good idea to do some of your own research in the lead up to applying for a school place. This could include:


  • Attending Open Days
  • Reading the Schools Admissions Criteria (see below)
  • Consulting Ofsted Inspection


The parent completes an application form naming a minimum of three schools in order of preference.


The Application Process


You will be contacted by Wakefield Local Authority in the Autumn term before your child is due to start full time school. They will provide you with details about how to apply for a school place. There’s lots of information on their website: Wakefield.gov.uk

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