Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery

Nursery Admissions 

Adventurers wanted!

Maintained schools in Hertfordshire are now responsible for their own admissions of children to Nursery. At Swing Gate Infant School and Nursery we're proud to say, as trailblazers in Dacorum, that we invest time, money and energy into 'experiential learning'. What that means for our children is more activities, events, outings and imaginative learning exercises that help truly bring learning to life. So, whether discovering 'why things float' or joining a whole class karate session, we'll make everyday an adventure for your little ones.

We warmly welcome new children into our Nursery.  Within our Early Years Foundation Stage Unit there are 40 places, all with a September intake. Our Nursery runs from 08:30-11:30, followed by the option of 30 hours care with our on site provider, Little Deers. We also offer full wraparound care, Breakfast Club with teaching assistants from 07:30 and Little Deers After School Club until 18:00. 

Important dates for Nursery applications

The following timeline for Nursery applications for children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 is being followed by the following Berkhamsted schools: Bridgewater, Greenway, Potten End, St Mary’s CofE Northchurch, St Thomas More, Swing Gate, Victoria and Westfield:

Monday 22nd February 2021 Nursery applications open.
Thursday 15th April 2021 Nursery applications close for on time applications (applications can be accepted at any point after this date, but will be dealt with after on time applications)
Wednesday 28th April 2021 Nursery places are offered to families by email

Friday 30th April 2021

Deadline for families to accept Nursery places in writing (by email is sufficient)

*Please note these dates have been amended on the 15/01/21 by the collective of Berkhamsted Schools.

(From 11th May onwards we can continue to accept applications and allocate Nursery places to children, based on availability).

Please refer to our individual school website for information about oversubscription criteria. 

Nursery Admissions for 2021-2022 open in February 2021. To apply for a place or book on to one of our virtual open days, please contact the School office on 01442 863913 or admin@swinggate.herts.sch.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to our Nursery which provides “very effective support to all children, ensuring that they make rapid progress“ Ofsted February 2017. 

Appeals process

If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place in the school there is a set process of appeal to an independent panel . Because nursery education is not required by law there is no right to appeal for a nursery place. However, if you are not happy with the nursery place offered you can write to the Education Authority who will listen sympathetically to your concerns.

*** Open Days ***

This year we are having to begin our Open Day events with a virtual 'Meet the Headteacher'  session, the dates are below:

  • Thurs 7th January at 09:30
  • Thurs 28th January at 09:30
  • Tuesday 2nd March at 09:30.

To book a place, please phone the school office on 01442 863913 or email admin@swinggate.herts.sch.uk.

We look forward to meeting you and introducing our school.

You can also view our 'Why Swing Gate?' video that gives a flavour of what we have to  offer your child.

If restrictions do change we will offer COVID safe Open Air tours.

 

Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 2LJ

01442 863913

admin@swinggate.herts.sch.uk