Athelstan Community Primary School

To Be The Best That We Can Be


We have a maximum of 24 morning places available per session and a maximum of 24 places available per afternoon session. Children may attend full days. The school has its own admissions authority for Puddles and has adopted the North Yorkshire Education guidelines for admissions, which are as follows, in priority order: -

  1. Children with an Educational Health Care Plan
  2. Children who are recommended by the Director of Social Services, including children in care of the local authority, or by the Designated medical officer.
  3. Children from homes disadvantaged by poor housing conditions or overcrowding, or from a background which is prejudicial to the child’s normal educational development
  4. After the priority admissions shown above have been made, admission will then be made for children within the school’s normal catchment area. Allocation will be based on age, oldest first.
  5. Children from outside the school’s normal catchment area will be allocated a place, those nearest to school first.

Children are can attend Raindrops Nursery the term after their 2nd birthday. Admissions take place each term subject to available places. The academic year runs from September 1st to August 31st. Priority is given to those children who will be 2 before September 1st. In the term of a child's 3rd birthday, Raindrops staff will talk to parents about their child moving into Puddles at the start of the following term, or benefiting from a further term in Raindrops if appropriate. This will provide seamless transition and continuity of provision within our setting as well as suiting the needs of all individuals.


Raindrops Nursery sessions run from 8:30am until 11:30am with a lunch session offered from 11.30am until 12.00pm, the afternoon session runs from 12.00pm until 3.00pm. Attendance before and after the session times above  will be operated by the Early Years After school club staff.


Your child may be eligible to receive 15 hours per week of FREE early years education and child care. Funded provision can be taken during either a morning or afternoon session (see below).  If you think you are eligible, please see the document 'Raindrops information for new applciations' (below) for more information.