Ruby misses out on place at nursery

Julie Middleditch is angry that her two year old daughter Ruby can't get into Abbot's Green Nursery despite the fact that she lives two minutes away.
Julie Middleditch is angry that her two year old daughter Ruby can't get into Abbot's Green Nursery despite the fact that she lives two minutes away.
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A MOTHER has hit out at admissions procedures which saw her two-year-old child rejected for a place at a nursery which is just minutes from her home.

Julie Middleditch, 33, was told that her daughter Ruby could not attend the nursery at Abbots Green Primary School around the corner from her home, in Southern Belle Close, Bury St Edmunds.

This is despite the fact she already has two other children, who attend reception class at the school.

The mother-of-five says Ruby was turned down because places are assigned based on a child’s date-of-birth.

She now faces the difficult task of finding another nursery close enough to fit in with the school run as she only has transport three days a week.

She said: “I’m frustrated because I’ve got a school that’s within spitting distance from me and have two children who go there. Unless there’s a school in walking distance of me, which fits in with the times for the other children then I’m in a catch 22.

“They said there was a large intake of children being born September, October November. “What happens if she doesn’t get into the primary school. Where do we go from there?

“Moreton Hall is growing at a rapid speed and this is going to occur more.”

Mrs Middleditch now plans to appeal the decision.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said the nursery had followed the admissions procedure correctly.

He explained: “The Nursery Admissions Panel will consider applications and will offer places first to any child aged three or four-years-old who has a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names a specific school.

“Places are then allocated to children wanting five sessions a week in date of birth order who are living within the catchment area followed by those outside catchment. Once all children wanting five sessions a week have been allocated a place, the same procedures are applied to allocating any remaining places to children wanting fewer than five sessions.”