Admission into Little Rainbows 2-Year-Old Nursery Provision

We are delighted that we are now able to offer places to children from the age of 2 upwards. Our Little Rainbows 2-Year-Old nursery provision has places available for half or full day for five days a week at affordable and competitive rates as well as for those children with free FFE2 entitlement. Details

If you are seeking a place for your child, we suggest you register your interest as soon as possible after your child’s first birthday. Two-year-olds can start at any point in the term providing there are spaces available for them. As with all nursery places we allocate on the following criteria:

  1. Staff
  2. Siblings
  3. Distance to the school

Click here to register your child for a place at Little Rainbows 2-Year-Old nursery provision.

Admission into Nursery

We offer part time placements in our nursery; morning sessions run from 8.30am-11.30am and afternoon sessions run from 12.15pm-3.15pm. We also offer full time places for children whose parents meet the eligibility criteria for 30 hours childcare. Full day sessions run from 8.15am-3.15pm with a 45-minute lunch break. There is a small additional charge for lunchtime supervision.

Application forms for the nursery can be obtained from the school. We recommend that parents register their child as soon as possible after his/her second birthday. However, we must point out that this does not guarantee that a place will be offered or given priority for admission. Places are allocated to children of staff then to children who have attended Little Rainbows Nursery provision, then to siblings of existing pupils and then according to proximity to the school. The school will contact parents by letter when a place is allocated to their child, unsuccessful applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

We aim to make the introduction to school very positive for each child. We have a meeting for parents prior to admission to inform them about the nursery routines and curriculum and answer any questions they may have. Nursery staff will make a home visit to make children feel comfortable with them on his or her home ground. We have a well-planned settling-in process with children starting at staggered intervals so that we can make sure each child is happy in their new environment. It is at this stage that a child’s attitude to school and learning begins to take shape. It is very important that children have adequate settling time and parents are welcomed and asked to stay until a child is happy to let them go. Patience is sometimes needed but it is well worth the investment of time!

Admission into Reception

This is a separate process. The statutory age for children to move from part time to full time is the beginning of the term after their fifth birthday. Applications for places must be made through the Local Authority. Places are allocated according to the Barnet Community School Admissions Criteria. Information about this can be found on the Barnet Web Site: or obtained from Barnet Educational Services. Most children who attend our nursery are allocated a place, although this is not guaranteed.

Deadline for Applications to Local Authority:
15th January 2022

Applications are electronically available at:

First Round of Offers made by Local Authority:
19th April 2022

Parents must Accept or Decline by:
4th May 2022

Second Round of Offers by Local Authority:
12th May 2022

Appeal hearings take place:
July 2022

Last day for late applications:
18th August 2022

The contact details for Barnet Educational Service are:

North London Business Park,
Oakleigh Road South,
London N11 1NP.

Tel: 020 8359 2000

At Colindale we have one point of intake during the Autumn Term. Children initially stay half days for one week to ensure each child settles happily. By the third week all children will be in school full time. Some children will take longer to settle and will continue to attend for half days until the Reception staff feel they are ready. A meeting is held for all Reception parents and Reception staff make a home visit to children who have not been in our nursery. All our Reception classes have a full time Nursery Nurse. The Nursery and Reception staff work very closely together to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Admission into other year groups

For admissions into other year groups, application must be made to the Local Authority and if we have spaces the Local Authority will allocate them accordingly.

Admission of Children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)

The Local Authority will consult with the school about placing children with statements. This includes places in the Additionally Resourced Provision.


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