Nursery and EYFS Admissions

The first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important in their development. Their early years should be fun, active, happy, nurtured and secure—all the elements that will contribute to their development and ultimately shape their future.
At Carlton Primary School our aim is to give every child the best opportunities and support to thrive and develop as learners.
The open-planned layout of our Nursery and Reception classes allows children to immerse themselves in their play-based learning and encourages a workshop-style ethos. Children can move freely between outdoor and indoor areas to access the many activities available across the different areas of learning. The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old. In Carlton the EYFS covers Nursery, Reception and the first half term of Year 1.  The EYFS focuses on different areas of development and learning, such as:

  • Personal, emotional and social development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Children in the EYFS learn by playing, problem solving, exploring and experimenting. They are encouraged to be active, think creatively and critically and to be curious about the world around them.
Our (EYFS) provision considers and addresses each individual child and their needs. They are taught by fully qualified staff in a safe and secure learning environment.

At Carlton, we believe in working closely with our families. They are encouraged to attend Stay and Play sessions that are organised on a Friday morning, attend off site educational trips and the termly sing along sessions.
In the setting, we also invite parents and carers in to look at their child’s portfolio of work to celebrate the child’s achievements.

Every Tuesday at 9am we hold Stay and Play sessions for our children in Nursery and Reception.

Start time for Nursery is Monday to Friday is at 8:45am. Children are to be collected at 3:20pm Monday to Thursday and at 12pm on Fridays.

Below is an example of structured day in Nursery for the children. Each term topics change in accordance with Carltons Curriculum, Nursery Termly Maps can be viewed here.

Example of structured day in Nursery
08.45 – 9.00 Registration/Read a book with Parents/Carers


Stay and Sing with Lis/ Mathematics Carpet session




Child Initiated  play/Adult led focused activities
Phase 1 Phonics: Environmental Sounds
11.20-11.25 Tidy up time
11.25-11.40 Literacy Carpet Session
11.30-12.00 Lunch Break
12.10-13.10 Child Initiated play/Adult led focused activities

Carpet session –

‘Five a Day’/Dough Disco

13.30-15.00 Child Initiated play/Adult led focused activities
15.00-15.05 Tidy up time
15.05-15.20 Story/Songs/Circle Time Games

To apply for a Nursery place at Carlton Primary School, please complete an admission form and you will be contacted by our Family Support Worker (FSW) to arrange a home visit. To apply for a place:

Carlton Primary and Nursery School is a community school and abides strictly to the admissions guidelines of Camden Council. This means that in the event of an over-subscription, the following criteria will be applied to applicants:

  1. Looked after children or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to an adoption, child arrangement, or special guardianship order.
  2. Applicants who have a brother or sister living at the same address on the school’s roll when they join.
  3. Applicants whom the Authority accepts have an exceptional social or   medical need for a place at the school in question. Parents / carers will need to submit a case supported by appropriate professional evidence from a doctor, social worker or similar professional. That evidence will need to support the link between the need to support the link between the need and our school.
  4. Children whose parent is a qualified teacher teaching at this school for two years or more at the time of application and / or children of a qualified teacher teaching at this school who has been recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage,
  5. Distance measured in a straight line from the child’s home to the centre of the school, using the local authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving higher priority.

Once we receive your child’s application form we will:

  •  Check if we have a place available to offer you
  • If we have a place, you will be contacted by our Family Support Worker (FSW) to arrange a home visit and arrange a start date for your child
  • We will then follow this up with a letter confirming the start date
  • A home visit is an opportunity for us to meet you and your family as part of our transition process. It will give you the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about your child starting our school.

Our Head teacher, Jacqueline Phelan, leads  regular tours of the school, details of the dates these are held can be found on our Tours and Open Days page. Please contact the school to sign up for one of our next tours, if you are unable to attend the next scheduled one.

All 3-4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours free nursery education. Another 15 hours funding can be provided through Camden or HMRC. This is entirely dependent on your current circumstances, and you need to apply for the funding separately from the Nursery place.

Government Enhanced 15 hours education
Families that meet the criteria set out below will be entitled to a further 15 hours. The criteria is:
Both parents, or the sole parent in a one parent family, must be working.
Each parent must have a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at the national minimum wage or living wage, and neither parent must have income of more than £100,000 per year

If you wish to apply to claim the hours, please see the below tab fro HMRC Funded Hours.

If you are eligible, you will receive an 11 digit code. Please print this off and take it to the school. You can then complete an application form. Once you bring your 11 digit code to the school, our Family Support Worker will explain how you check your ongoing eligibility.

Camden Enhanced 15 hours education
In some cases, families will not qualify for the full 30 hours government offer but may qualify for the Camden Enhanced Offer.

The criteria is set out below:
To be eligible for the Camden Enhanced Offer you must:
– Be a resident in Camden
– Not be eligible for the Government 30 hours for working parents

Or you must meet one of the following criteria:

– Your family meets the criteria for free school meals (see:
– Your family receives working tax credits and your household income is less than
– Your child is being ‘looked after’ by the local authority or is a child who has ‘left care’*
– Your child has a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education,
health and care plan*
– You receive disability living allowance for your child*
– You receive support from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

Find more information on the Camden website, the button is located below.