Kindergarten Application Process

When can I apply?

We are enrolling now for Kindergarten and have spaces currently available. We operate an “all year” admissions policy, where children aged 3 to 6 can join at any point throughout the year.

We accept applications at any time (from birth up). Because of growing numbers of applications, we recommend you apply as early as possible. You can visit before your child reaches 3 and join a waiting list for future admissions.

Admissions and Attendance Criteria

Children need to be at least 3 years old when they start.

Before your child reaches ‘compulsory school age’ (the term after a child’s fifth birthday) children can attend Kindergarten part-time, from three to five mornings a week. This supports a gentle and gradual introduction for your child to School and the wider world.

We expect the following pattern of attendance:

  • Age 3 – a minimum of three mornings a week
  • Age 4  –  five mornings a week (with a minimum of four)
  • Age 5 and 6 – five mornings a week*

*Full-time education is a legal requirement for all children aged 5 to 18, either at school or otherwise. Full-time schooling in Kindergarten is 5 mornings a week.

Application Process

If your child is younger than 2 ¾

  1. Book an Individual Visit where you can find out more about Steiner Education, tour the School and see the Kindergartens and Classes in action.
  2. Complete and return the Application Form (see box on the right).
  3. We will put you on our waiting list and contact you in the term before your preferred start date to arrange a Taster Session and Parent Interview (see below).

If you child is 2 ¾ or older

  1. Book an Individual Visit where you can find out more about Steiner Education, tour the School and see the Kindergartens and Classes in action.
  2. Complete and return the Application Form (see box on the right). There is no fee to do so, and no obligation to take your application further.
  3. Arrange a Taster Morning where you and your child can join in and experience a full Kindergarten morning, and find out more about us and Steiner Education.Tasters are between 1 and 3 mornings depending on the age of the child, and help the teachers gain an all-round picture of the individual child.
  4. The teachers will make a decision on admission, and we will contact you with an Offer of a Place. You then fill in an Acceptance Form and pay a deposit of £300 to secure your place. The deposit is returnable when your child leaves the School as long as a full term’s notice has been given in writing. (If we have no places available at this point we will put you on our waiting list, as unanticipated openings do occur during the year.)
  5. We’ll invite you to a invite you to a Parent Interview where you have the opportunity to discuss the admission of your child with the teacher, and agree a start date and individual Settling In Process. It also helps us build a comprehensive picture of your child and their development. A non-refundable administration fee of £60 is required at this stage to facilitate the registration process.You will also have a Registration Interview where we go through a breakdown of your fees and payment and fill in the Registration Contract.
  6. Your child starts Kindergarten using the individual Settling In Process agreed with the teacher.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Robinson in our Admissions Office, who will be pleased to help.

Kindergarten Application Pack

Please see the documents below for the full Applications Process:

Admissions Process

Application Form