Priority Groups

3.1 Priority groups

There is a long waiting list for childcare and Childcare Services therefore operates a priority system for the allocation of places. The priority groups are:

  • Parents or children with a disability - please send documentary evidence to Childcare Services to inform us how the disability impacts on your family's ability to access childcare;
  • Sibling priority - applies where an older sibling remains in attendance on a University nursery placement. Childcare Services will have a record of this on their database and therefore no action is required;
  • Sponsored priority - please ask your college or department to email their nomination of you to Childcare Services in order for this priority to be applied to your nursery application;
  • Student priority - please email a copy of your Student Enrolment Certificate to Childcare Services in order for this priority to be applied to your nursery application

 

The priorities are hierarchical – i.e. those with disability are the highest, working down to students and ordered within the individual priorities by the date the application was received.  Thereafter, all non-priority applicants are offered places (when available) according to the date when they applied.

3.2 Exceptions to the allocation procedure

In the case of a genuine emergency need for childcare (such as the serious illness or death of a close relative) an exception to the allocation procedure may be made.  In such cases, parents should contact the Head of Childcare Services.