It’s day 5 of Blogtober and today’s topic is Education. A perfect topic as Finlay has just started school. He is now into his 4th week and has settled in amazingly well. I feel so guilty that I totally underestimated him. He has surpassed all my expectations and is really enjoying what school has to offer.
I remember a year ago facing the daunting process of the Primary School admission application. I knew nothing, absolutely nothing about the admissions procedure. It was confusing and scary. I battled through determined to know how it worked. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my experiences and offer some tips!
The Equal Preference Admissions System
In previous years schools were able to favour applicants who had put the school as a first choice under the old ‘preferencence first system’. This meant someone who lived quite a distance from the school but had it as a first choice could be offered a place over someone who lived closer but had it as a second choice preference Admission authorities are now legally required to operate an ‘equal preference’ system.… Read More
A few days ago I was having a conversation about Childcare and working. This led on to the funding for 15 free hours for 3 and 4 year olds. Finlay goes to Nursery for 15 hours, in theory, you would think childcare would be quite cheap for us. After all, you get 15 hours free, right? Technically yes, but in reality not always. For starters, the funding is only for 38 weeks of the year. That’s fair enough, but still, you would think we would only pay for 14 weeks of nursery a year,our bill would be low.
Well, our Monthly nursery fee for 15 hours a week is between £150 and £200 a month. Between £1800 and £2400 a year! How can that be? The simple answer is nurseries can choose how to offer the hours. You will be lucky to find a nursery that lets you take the hours as and when.… Read More
The Utter Confusion of the School applicant Process!
Seeing all the back to school photos on my news feed has sent my tummy to a bag of nerves. This year we will be starting the School Application Process! To be honest It has come round so quickly (I guess it does for everyone). I feel I know very little about the process, but I know from word of mouth and news feeds, its a scramble for any place. I know also, all the local schools to us have been oversubscribed for the past few years. I’m guessing that’s a bad thing!
We live in an area that has one definite school in catchment. This school has a great reputation, but it’s a church school. They hold 30 places for worshippers and 30 places for everyone else (this may drop if they have over 30 church applications). Then they follow the standard allocation procedure.… Read More