Iver Village Infant School -Consultation to change the school’s age of admission
There is a proposal by the governing board of Iver Village Infant School to change the school’s admission age to four from its present two, thus enabling the school to operate a Governor Run Nursery provision on site. The proposed date for this to be effective is September 2019. The consultation will run from Monday 18th March to Monday 6th May at 5pm.
What would be the benefit of the proposal?
This will give the provision more flexibility to provide personalised care for families with different child care needs plus meeting the needs of the individual children. This proposed move will also give maximum flexibility to choose the best staffing model appropriate to the children attending the Nursery and will ensure that a high quality Early Years provision is provided to the children in the Nursery.
What will this mean?
A governor led Early Years Nursery provision established by schools under the Department of Education Section 27 powers will allow to operate with a ratio of 1:8 where at least one member of staff hold the appropriate practioner qualification. Section 27 of the Education Act 2002 enables maintained schools to set and run community facilities and services whole provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of a) the pupils of the school or their families or b) people who live and work in the area in which the school is situated. This is the power under which the school governor-run community provision is proposed to be set up.
This will apply to the community provision and give the flexibility to use the most effective and appropriate staffing model for the children. The governors will ensure that the provision is of a very high quality properly supervised and run by qualified nursery practioners. The Early Years Foundation Framework sets out requirements that all Early Years providers, including schools, must follow. General guidance on staffing states that the staff must be available to work directly with the children. We will continue to provide an excellent provision for the children, this will not change. The Nursery will continue to share the facilities in the school including the extensive outdoor areas.
Do staff and Governors support this proposal?
Yes the governing body, the school leadership and the Early Years tem at Iver Village Infant School positively support the proposal as they believe that it would benefit current and future pupils and the local community.
Will the proposal disrupt the education of the pupils currently at the school?
No, as the provision will be housed in the existing nursery.
Why are we consulting now?
We are keen to understand the views of our local community on this proposal and so, as per best practice recommended by the Department of Education we have incorporated a period of consultation into the decision making process. The consultation will run from 18th March till 6th May at 5pm.
Will there be extra traffic and how will the impact be reduced?
There will be no increase in traffic.
Will the proposal have any impact on admission to the school’s reception class?
No, current admissions to the School remain unchanged and will not be affected by the proposal. Please see Buckinghamshire County Council’s website for the specific criteria for school admission.
What are the next stages in the process?
Responses will be received throughout the consultation process which ends at 5pm on 6th May 2019. These will be analysed and the School will publish the outcomes on its website. If the governing body decide to proceed with the proposal the next stage would be the publication of a Statutory Notice in a local newspaper, followed by a four week representation period, for people to comment on, support or object to the proposal.
The final decisions on the proposal will be made within 8 weeks of the end of the representation period, by the Buckinghamshire County Council, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills.
How can I respond to this consultation?
We will be holding a drop in session at the school for any interested parties to come along and ask any questions. This will be 1st April between 4pm and 6pm at Iver Village Infant School.
Please complete the attached consultation response form and return it to the school for the attention of Mrs NM Raher, Headteacher. Alternatively email the school at:
You may download the letter and consultation response form below