RL – Willow and Nursery

Starting school this year?

Applying for a reception place for September 2021

If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 they are due to start in reception class at a primary school in September 2021.

You must apply for a reception class place for your child even if they attend a school nursery or have an older brother or sister at your preferred school. If your child currently attends a nursery attached to a school this does not give them any priority for a place in reception class at that school.

If you and your child live in Waltham Forest, you must apply through us. If you and your child live outside Waltham Forest, you must apply to the local authority in which you live, even if you are applying for schools in other areas. Click here for further details.

How to apply

The brochure Starting Primary School 2021 (3MB PDF) contains all the information you need to know about applying for a reception class place.   Please check the latest admissions information below for updates to this brochure.

The best way to apply is online, through the eAdmissions website. This is a secure way to apply for your child’s school place.

The eAdmissions website opens on 1 September 2020.  The closing date is 15 January 2021.  If you apply after this date, your application will be considered as late.

You can download a guide explaining how to apply for your child’s school place online (140KB PDF).

Take a look on this page for more information: http://www.chapelendinfants.com/handbook-prospectus

Nursery provision during school closure

A lockdown story for you all

Learning Together Project

Waltham Forest’s Early Years and Childcare Team has developed the Learning Together Project which has been created by qualified teachers and speech and language therapists in partnership with Chit Chat Pitter Pat. This programme includes top tips on how parents/carers can help their children with their development through fun activities at home.

For parents/carers to get involved and start learning together, they should join the Chit Chat Pitter Pat Facebook group and follow them on Instagram

Chit Chat Pitter Pat will share videos and photos of how to do the fun and exciting activities through weekly:

  • Top Tips Tuesdays – exciting activities to do together on an activities card.
  • Thumbs Up Thursdays – an opportunity to comment and show involvement.
  • Share day Saturdays – a chance to celebrate Learning Together activities.

Learning Activity Cards

Learning Together Introduction

Ten Top Tips for Helping Your Child to Start Nursery

Storytime Project

This summer two resident story tellers from Waltham Forest brought vibrant stories to life with amazing expression, actions, and singalongs. Individual and community stories were shared throughout the summer celebrating the diversity, home languages and families of Waltham Forest. Click below to share them with your families and settings.Stories from ValentineStories from Lottie @ Magic BoxCommunity Stories

Chit-Chat Pitter-Pat

Chit-Chat Pitter-Pat is a home learning project across Waltham Forest. It offers a variety of sessions specifically focusing on sharing simple ideas to assist you to develop a child’s language along with key opportunities for physical development.

For further information please join the Home Learning Group on Facebook and follow them on Instagram. 

Take a look at the three ‘top tips’ documents below produced by The Communication Trust to support your child’s language development.

Resources to support children aged 3-5 can be found here.

Talking with your baby or young child and sharing books gives them the best start in life. Download the leaflet below for further details.

Please find Learning Together activity cards. This week we are Moving Together and Building. We are continuing to include starting school challenges for children transitioning to Reception in September.  Previous cards can be found here. Or take a look @chitchatpitterpatLBWF on Facebook.

New mathematics resources

Did you know that children with good numeracy skills are more likely to earn more, stay in education longer and have more chance of actually being in work when they grow up?

Children are born with an innate mathematical ability and research has shown that parents have a massive effect on how this develops. Even if you feel you aren’t good at maths, there are things you can do with your child now that will make a big difference to their ability. Click here for more details.

Other resources

Get Well Soon Song – Dr Ranj explains the coronavirus to Jobi. They sing a song about washing your hands. Click here to listen to the song. 

With so many parents now at home with their children during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve put together some of our best resources written by childcare and early years experts to help you support your child’s learning at home.

It’s a worrying time for everyone, so the most important thing is for parents not to put additional stresses on themselves – no one can be a full-time teacher, childcare provider, parent and worker all at once. Click here for more information.

Thinking about toilet training. Watch the video for some helpful information.

Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child’s communication skills. Explore our simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development. Click here for further details.

Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
We understand that you and your child are spending more time at home and you might be looking for a bit more inspiration for things to do. Start by trying some of the simple, fun activities we have suggested. Click here for further details.

Singing games for children by Dany Rosevear. A treasury of singing games, songs, poems and rhymes from around the world. Complete with chords, music and lyrics. Songs from other lands are accompanied by singable English translations. http://www.singinggamesforchildren.com/

At Barefoot Books, our mission is to share stories, connect families and inspire children. We empower passionate individuals, whom we call Ambassadors, to build their own businesses selling our wide selection of books, songs, puzzles, games and gifts. We believe in the power of storytelling, and we invite you to become part of our story. Click here to listen to some stories

Stuck for ideas. Take a look at some of these.


Create a routine – If you would like to keep a routine there is an example below.

On Monday 23th March, Waltham Forest’s Early Years and Childcare Team will be launching weekly ‘Learning Together’ activity cards with top tips on how you can help your children with their development through fun activities at home.

The first few years are the most important in your child’s learning and development. As a parent or carer you have the biggest influence during this time and there are a number of ways in which you can help with their early development.

Please join and follow our two existing Facebook groups below ready for the big launch on Monday!


and this page too.

Reading and phonics

Fun with Mathematics

Get creative