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How to apply for a place at Margaret McMillan

If you want to register your child for admissions:

  • You can call into the school between 9.00 and 4.00 any weekday to obtain an application form.
  • Download, print and fill in the form. Return the form in person or by post.

You will need a PDF reader installed on your device to read and print documents on this page.

If you want to change any details on your application form:

  • You can come in person or telephone and speak to a member of the admin team between 9.00 and 4.00 any weekday.

If you want to have a look round the school:

  • We have school tours each term when you can look round the school and register your child. Please call 020 7281 2745 or call into the school office to book a tour.

Updating Parents

We will only contact parents only if we have a query or are allocating you a place.  

Priority is given to parents who live in Islington for all places.

To register your child you will need to complete an application form

Two year olds from the term after their second birthday.

Some children are eligible for 15 hours free childcare for a two year old. 

To allocate a place we need:

  • Your letter/email from the council confirming you are eligible
  • A completed nursery application form

This free provision is for 15 hours per week term time only: either morning (9.00 - 12.00) or afternoon (1.00- 4.00) .

Eligibility criteria

Your child can get free early learning at the age of 2 if you get one of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit
  • tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Your child can also get free early learning at the age of 2, if:
  • they are looked after by a local council
  • they have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • they receive Disability Living Allowance
  • they have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

https://www.islington.gov.uk/children-and-families/childrenscentres-and-under-5s

Three and four year olds from the term after their third birthday

All children are eligible for a free 15 hour place 

To allocate a place we need:

  • A completed nursery application form

Some children are eligible for a free 30 hour place 

To allocate a place we need:

  • The code from the government confirming your eligibility
  • A completed nursery application form

This free 15 hours is four days a week, either morning (9.30 – 11.45) or afternoon (1.15 - 3.30) plus 1 full day (9.30 – 3.30) term time only.

The free 30 hours is 5 days a week 9.30 - 3.30 term time only

Eligibility criteria for free 30 hours

Your child may be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare if your circumstances are as follows: 

  • Both parents are working (employed or self-employed including zero hours contracts) or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family; and
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW); and each parent individually earns less than £100,000 per year.
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave;
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave;
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay;
  • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring; or
  • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/

Day Care for children aged 0 to 5 years

In addition to the free places we offer day-care for children aged 0-5, 48 weeks a year 8 a.m. to 5.45 p.m. Only parents in work or accredited study can apply for day-care placement for 0-5 year olds.

To register we need:

  • Your name and your home address
  • Your child’s name and date of birth
  • The hours and days you require your child to attend nursery whilst you are in work or are studying.

Parents pay for this provision on a means tested scale subsidised by Islington Council. 

For admissions to all places

The main criteria for admissions are the number of places available in each age band and closeness to the school.  The length of time on the waiting list is not a consideration.  Each time a place becomes available we consider all the children in that age band based on the information on the application forms. We do our admissions throughout the year as places become available-this usually coincides with a half-termly break.  Most allocations are done for the autumn term as this is when most vacancies arise.

About 10% of places are allocated as part of the Marketed Places Scheme. The scheme enables parents who are able to pay the full market charges to apply for a place.  Places within this scheme are allocated first to those who live in Islington, second to those who work in Islington, and third to other applicants. Parents who do not live in Islington can only apply for a marketed place.

Some places are allocated centrally by the council.

Early Years Priority Places and Special Need Places

There 6 places for children with profound or complex Special Needs, these are allocated by the Islington Special Needs advisory panel in consultation with health services. 

Children with less complex needs may be identified for an Early Years Priority Referral (EYPR) and allocated a place by the EYPR panel. If you think you qualify you should contact your health visitor.

More Information

You can find more information about Children's centres and under 5s services on the Islington Council Website

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If you have any queries or would like to request paper copies of any information on this website, please contact Mary Hart by filling in the form here.

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Modified: April 3, 2017

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