We follow Lancashire County Council’s agreed admission criteria for schools.  Our school has three points of admission – September,  January and April*.

*Please note that the number of places available in April is often limited and places cannot be guaranteed.  If you wish to appeal an admission decision, please click here to see how this can be done.



The induction process is a time for us to get to know you and your child. This may be the first time that there has been a separation between you and your child and it is an important step for future separations, such as the start of primary school. We hope to make it as positive and relaxed a process as possible.


Home and/or Nursery Visit

You will be invited to come and visit us with your child so that you can familiarise yourselves with the nursery and meet the staff. We like to visit all our new families at home. This gives you and your child a chance to meet your new teacher and ask any questions and for us to provide you with some information about school and the centre. It also really helps your child to recognise a familiar face on their first day.

Please not the the Snug has its own specific visits schedule, please see the EYC information.


Starting Nursery

Starting nursery can be a daunting and scary time for the parents as well as the child. We understand this and will work with you to reassure you and to help you feel confident about leaving your precious child on the first day.

We ask you to ‘stay and play’ with your child on the first day. They can then explore knowing that you are nearby. You can also see how the staff comfort children who are upset and help them to sort out disagreements.


Settling into Nursery

We want your child to feel happy, confident and secure in their nursery school environment. Therefore, we have a personalised approach that enables us to share information and more importantly, it helps us to get to know each child and their family. This is where our learning partnership begins. This process includes our initial meeting with parents, home visits and induction visits.  On your child’s first day we expect that your child will attend for a shorter session and that you will stay with them. Some children do find separation quite difficult and may need you to stay with them for the first few sessions. Every child is different and they often surprise us all so we will communicate regularly about how things are going.


Click below to download an application form:

Headteacher: Catherine Tasker
Address: Whitegate Nursery School & Early Years Care, Victoria Road, Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8TG
Telephone: 01282 772283
Email: office@whitegate.lancs.sch.uk

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