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Early Years Education Places at Brookside Primary School


It is Government policy that early years education places can be delivered through Local Authority maintained schools and providers in the private, independent and voluntary sectors.

Background Information

Following a request from Brookside Primary school's governors, Nottinghamshire County Council's Cabinet agreed at its meeting held on 11 January 2012 to initiate a formal statutory process of consulting with the staff, governors and parents/carers of Brookside Primary and other interested parties about the proposal to provide up to 13 early years places at the school.

The following important issues were taken into account by the governors prior to making their above request:

  • the number of children likely to benefit from the proposal
  • the likely effects on the school's teaching and support staff
  • capacity of the school to meet the needs of 3 and 4 year olds
  • funding for the early years provision
  • availability of early years provision for children in the East Leake community

Given these considerations the following options have been suggested:

Option 1

Brookside Primary proposes to provide early years places in the school's existing premises.

Option 2

Brookside Primary to continue to use existing provision at other local early years providers.

Have your say

Your views about this proposal are important. You can make your views known by:

All responses should be returned no later than Friday 25 May 2012.

Statutory Process

In order for the County Council to progress with this proposal, it is a legal requirement to publish a 'statutory notice' to alter the lower age range limit of the school from 5-11 to 3-11 years. This is part of the process that gives formal notice of the proposal to those at the school and others in the immediate area.

Prior to the notice being published however, the County Council is also required to consult with local people so that they can give their views. If you have any views or comments on this proposal, please let us know by Friday 25 May 2012. The 'Have your say' box above explains how you can tell us your views.

The responses collected will help to make a recommendation to the County Council about whether to publish a statutory notice.

If the County Council agrees to the publication of the notice, there will be a further six week period during which formal comments or objections can be made about the proposal.

The outcome of representations made in writing to the notice will then be considered by the County Council as part of its statutory duties before making a final decision on whether or not the proposal can be implemented.

Depending on the outcome of the decision making process, it is proposed to have the early years places available from January 2013.

Frequently asked questions

Why are you making changes?

The governors considered the implications of providing Early Years Education Places at their school, and formally requested that the County Council initiate a formal statutory process of consulting with the staff, governors and parents/carers of Brookside Primary School and other interested parties about the proposal to provide up to 13 early years places at the school.

If the proposal is subsequently approved, the school's age range would change from 5-11 to 3-11.

How will a decision be made?

As decision maker, the County Council's Children and Young People's Committee will receive a report after 25 May 2012 (written response deadline) on the outcomes of the consultation and take account of all written/online replies before making a decision on how best to move forward.

If the Committee agrees that the proposal should proceed to the next stage of the statutory process, a public notice will be published.

When will you make your decision?

This is likely to be in June or July 2012.

When will changes come into effect?

This will depend on the decision making process but it is proposed that the early years places are made available from January 20 13.

How will this affect my child?

If you have specific concerns you would like addressed please contact the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80. An advisor will be able to capture the details and arrange for a Childrens Place Planning and Admissions Area Officer to respond.

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