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Full-time School Places

The Government has set an upper class size limit of 30 pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes.

Places in the school are offered by Kirklees Local Authority. For full information on the admissions criteria and process, please visit their website at:



All 3 and 4 year olds are already entitled to 15 hours of free early education. From September 2017 there will be an additional 15 hours of free childcare available for families that meet the Government's eligibility criteria.

From September 2017 our session times will be 8.30 – 11.30 am and 12.30 – 3.30 pm. We are able to accommodate 36 children in each session.  These places are offered by the school.

For details of the admission criteria please see our Nursery Admissions Policy under the Policies.

Eligibility for the additional 15 hours

The government has set the following eligibility criteria:

  • Both parents must be working - or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage
  • Each parent must have an annual income of less that £100,000

More detailed information can be found on the GOV.UK website

How to Apply

It is anticipated that parents will apply online via HMRC, it is expected that the system will be in place from April 2017. HMRC will have a dedicated helpdesk to support parents apply if they are unable to apply online.

Eligible parents will be given a code which will be valid for 3 months, parents will be asked to re-confirm their eligibility towards the end of the 3 month period. HMRC will send reminders to parents.

Changes at Birkenshaw Primary School

To accommodate this change, whilst continuing to offer the advantages of accessing a teacher-led Nursery, Birkenshaw Primary are looking to offer up to 30 hours to eligible children starting in September 2017.

All children will continue to access a minimum of 15 hours spread over either 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. They will then have the option of a lunch club which will run from 11.30am – 12.30pm. There will be a charge for the lunch club, with parents providing a packed lunch of approximately £4.50 per day.

If you meet the criteria above and are eligible to access up to 30 hours, your child will attend either 5 mornings or 5 afternoons, but could also take advantage of extra morning or afternoon sessions, on the days of your choice, to access up to 30 hours. On the days that your child will be attending morning and afternoon sessions, you would have the option of accessing our paid lunch club or taking your child home for lunch.

N.B. The offer of a place in Nursery is not a guarantee of a place in School, and your child must be registered separately for admission to each.

Registration forms for admission to Nursery are available from the school office alternatively you can download the document from our website. Please be aware that we will need to see your child's birth certificate at the time of registration

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