Admissions Process

We are currently not offering any new starts.

We are therefore pausing personal visits at the present time. We are currently processing applications already received for places from September 2024.

We will open our enquiries list for September 2025 starts later this year.

More information about fees, Nursery policies and procedures is available on our Policies page or on request from the Nursery office. It should be noted that we do not offer term-time only childcare or short days. Parents seeking those options for nursery and pre-school children may wish to contact the admissions team at Lancing Prep Worthing for information about their EYFS provision.

Please note that our Terms & Conditions are being reviewed in light of the impact of the new funding arrangements for working parents that take effect in April 2024 and September 2024. Parents and enquirers will be advised of any changes. The nursery is already extremely busy and we have long waiting lists of current enquirers we are working through. Little Lancing does not have the physical space to increase the capacity of the nursery building.

A brief overview of our joining procedure 2024

  • We are processing the applications we currently hold on our database and will be offering places in due course. We are currently over-subscribed for September 2024 starts and are therefore unlikely to have any additional availability until 2025.
  • For those already on our Admissions database, once we have confirmed we can offer your child a place and you have decided that you wish to proceed with your application, we will send you an electronic Registration Form which you should complete and submit. Please note that our current Admissions policy requires a minimum booking of ten hours a week but all our terms and conditions are being reviewed for September 2024 starts and the minimum booking will be twenty hours a week.  
  • Once we have received your completed registration form, your child will join our entry list.
  • We will contact you in early summer to request the payment of £250 to secure your child's place. This is a non-refundable registration fee of £50 and a refundable entry deposit of £200. 
  • Your child will be enrolled at Little Lancing once this payment has been received. The refundable entry deposit will be retained by us until your child leaves the Nursery. The payment of the deposit will secure the sessions you have been offered. In view of the current demand for places, we regret we cannot hold places if the deposit has not been received.
  • We will then contact you to arrange settling sessions just prior to your child joining us. These are generally short sessions at a set time, with a parent or carer present in the Nursery. There is no specific number of settling sessions; we understand children may need fewer or more of these to settle. There is no charge for settling sessions and fees will be charged from your child's first booked session.
  • Your child starts at Little Lancing. Parents and carers will receive a copy of our Term and Conditions, confirm the information we hold about your child is accurate and up-to-date and sign our Consents and Agreements Form. 

We understand that circumstances change or parents may not yet be certain of the days or sessions they require. Once on our entry list, please do contact the Nursery office if childcare needs change so that we can update our records.

Please note:

The registration fee and refundable deposit described above are not applicable for Univeral Early Years funded hours only bookings. For more information about Early Years funding and to discuss session availability, please contact the Nursery Manager.