Since 2012, the Education & Employment Directorate have trialled the admission of children, approaching their third birthday, into Nursery classes in the Primary Schools. On review of this temporary policy some changes have been made to the admission arrangements in order to better meet the needs of these very young children.

The Education & Employment Directorate would therefore like to advise all parents and guardians of pre-school children that with effect from this academic year, commencing 1 September 2015, all children must have reached the age of three years before they can be offered a place in Nursery.

Admission into Nursery education will be via a staged approach. Therefore from 1 September 2015 places will be offered in the Nursery classes as follows:


To start in September 2015 To start in January 2016 To start in May 2016


Children born before 1 September 2012 Children born on or between 1 September and 31 December 2012 Children born on or between 1 January and 30 April 2013

The Directorate will be in contact with parents and guardians of those children born on Island who are eligible to enter Nursery education in the school year September 2015 – August 2016 – to offer a place and give details of school placement and date of admission.

It would be appreciated if parents of children who were not born on St Helena, and who will not be on record with the Education & Employment Directorate, could submit the following information in writing to:

Assistant Director Schools

Education & Employment Directorate

Education Learning Centre



(i)         The child’s FULL NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH


(iii)       TELEPHONE NUMBER and EMAIL ADDRESS (if applicable)

Once all required information has been received, parents will be advised of their child’s Nursery placement.

Based on St Helena education policy, a child must attend school in the catchment area where he or she is resident.  However, for non-compulsory schooling, exceptions can be made for regular attendance outside the identified catchment area if numbers in the requested school are low enough to accommodate the extra intake.  In such cases, parents must be willing to take responsibility for transporting their children to and from school.

Further details can be obtained from the Assistant Director (Schools) on telephone number 22607 or email



29 June 2015


St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470