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Daubeney is moving to a two form entry sized primary school. There are currently two classes of Reception children and this will continue for the academic year 2023 and beyond.

It is currently three form entry primary school in Years 5 & 6 although it retains three classes of Year 2 children.

Daubeney has a nursery which has sixty part time places.

At Daubeney we follow the local authority admissions procedure. All admissions, except those to Nursery, are managed by Hackney Education.  More information can be found on the Hackney Education website or by telephoning on 020 8820 7150 or 020 8820 7401.

In-year admissions for Reception to Year 6 are also managed by Hackney Education.

Parents are welcome to visit the school prior to contacting Hackney Education. Please visit the School Tours page, contact Jennifer Coyston us on 020 8985 4380 or email us on to make an appointment. An available member of the Senior Leadership Team will take them on a tour of the school and answer any questions.

Once children have been offered a place at Daubeney, there will be a planned home visit and then the parents/carers will be invited in to complete the necessary admissions paperwork. Documentary evidence such as child’s Birth Certificate and proof of their current address will be photocopied and kept on file.

Admissions Policy

Two Year Olds at Daubeney

From April Daubeney will have provision for Two Year Olds (already admitted to Daubenet Children Centre)  From September, Daubeney has capacity for 10 two year old children; these are currently for part time places.  All two year olds are eligible for 15 hours.  

In future, there will be a top up fee for additional hours.   A part time place is 8:45 - 11:45 or 12:30 - 3:30

Your 2-year-old can get free childcare if parents live in England and get any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Universal Credit, and the household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments

  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit (or both), and the household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax

  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

If parents are working, they might be eligible for 15 hours of funded childcare a week from 1 April 2024.  For couples, both parents need to be working.

Parents are eligible for 15 hours of funded childcare if both the following apply:

  • The child is 2 years old or will turn 2 years old before 1 April 2024

  • Parents earn at least £8,670 a year and less than £100,000 a year adjusted net income, which is the income after some tax reliefs and deductions.

If parents are a couple, they will both need to earn between these amounts.

If  parents are already eligible for 15 funded hours of childcare from the government they cannot use these hours as well. 

They are eligible to use the 15 hours of funded childcare at the same time as using Tax-Free Childcare or Universal Credit for childcare.

If you have a place at the two year old provision, you will automatically remain on roll for the Nursery if you wish.

Having a place in Nursery does not guarantee a place in Reception as this is overseen by Hackney Education.


Places for Nursery can be applied for at the Daubeney Main School Office. Our Nursery provides places for up to 120 children - 60 am (9am – 12pm) and 60 pm (12.30pm – 3.30pm).  As part of the 120 part time pupils, we have an allocation for full time nursery places per day.  Full time places can either be funded, based on certain criteria, or paid for and run from 9am until 3.30p.m. For further information on full time places please speak to the school office.

Nursery Application Form

30 hours FREE childcare for some 3 and 4 year olds

From September 2017 some working parents will be eligible for an additional 15 hours of free childcare for their 3 and 4 year olds. These families will be able to access up to 30 hours of free childcare a week.

If you are eligible for 30 hours free childcare you can access this offer in the school term after your child’s third birthday.

  • if their birthday is before 1 September, they can start in the autumn term
  • if their birthday is before 1 January, they can start in the spring term
  • if their birthday is before 1 April, can start in the summer term

Who is eligible?

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

  • Both parents are earning or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
  • This equates to £120 a week (or about £6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or about £5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old. (These rates were correct in March 2017. National Minimum/Living Wage rates change every April. Please check the website).
  • This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
  • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
  • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
  • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
  • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
  • If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.

Who will not qualify?

A parent will not meet the criteria when:

  • Either parent has an income of more than £100,000
  • Either parent is a non-EEA national and subject to immigration control (and has no recourse to public funds)

How to apply

To find out if you are eligible for 30 hours free childcare, you can apply now on the Childcare Service. You will need your national insurance number and, where applicable, your partner’s national insurance number to fill in the application form.

Eligible parents will receive a code which must be given to the school in order for your child to receive 30 hours.
This process must be completed before the start of each school term in order to receive a funded place.
All other children will be considered for a part-time place (15 hours per week).

Apply for 30 hours free childcare

If parents encounter any problems with the application process or with accessing the childcare account, they can call the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097.

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