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Your position on the waiting list is determined by a point system based on the following Access Criteria:

Staff Access Criteria

Criteria

Points Score

  1. Applicant holds a University/Cambridge Assessment contract of employment and payroll number

5

  1. Applicant’s partner working at the University/Cambridge Assessment

5

  1. Applicant and/or applicant’s partner is a CTO or applicant’s partner is a registered student at Cambridge University

3

  1. Applicant is returning to work in the University or Cambridge Assessment after maternity/shared parental/adoption leave

7

  1. If one or more siblings currently hold a place

8

  1. If places are required for twins or triplets

8

  1. If child has a disability

7

  1. If places are required for more than one child (of different ages)

3

  1. Waiting List Renewal (each year)

2

  1. Special personal circumstances will be considered on an individual basis

 

In the event of a tie between 2 or more applicants for one place, a University contract of employment and length of service will be the deciding factor for staff.

Please note that the date of your application to the waiting list is not taken into consideration, only the points allocated according to the above criteria will determine your place on the waiting list.

Applicants are advised to inform the Childcare Office of any material changes in their circumstances.

 

Student Access Criteria

Criteria

Points Score

  1. Applicant is a registered Cambridge University Student

40*

  1. Applicant’s partner is a student at Cambridge University

5

  1. Applicant’s partner is an employee of the University, Cambridge Assessment or a College Teaching Officer (CTO)

3

  1. Student is resuming study after having a baby or adopting a child

7

  1. If one or more siblings currently hold a place

8

  1. If places are required for twins or triplets

8

  1. If child has a disability

7

  1. If places are required for more than one child (of different ages)

3

  1. Waiting List Renewal (each year)

2

  1. Special personal circumstances will be considered on an individual basis

 

In the event of a tie between 2 or more applicants for one place, date of application will be the deciding factor.

Applicants are advised to inform the Childcare Office of any material changes in their circumstances.

*There are 20 FTE places at the West Cambridge Nursery for University of Cambridge Students.  To ensure that these 20 places are offered out to students, in the first instance, an additional 40 points is allocated to each student application.

 

Annual Waiting List Renewal

To stay on the waiting list, applicants will need to complete a Waiting List Renewal Form annually and pay a £10 fee (inc. VAT). The renewal will last until the end of the academic year i.e. 30 September. The Waiting List Renewal Form can be found at the end of this page. All payments will need to be made via the eSales link: http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=114&prodvarid=184.

Length of time on the waiting list

Unfortunately it is not easy to predict when you might be offered a place. The length of time on the waiting list is subject to lots of variables, such as choice of nursery, age of child, booking pattern requested and date when a place is required. Please note that as places are offered, new parents join the waiting list.

It is important to note that there are long waiting lists for both nurseries. It is therefore recommended that parents look into alternative childcare and do not rely solely on getting a place at the University nurseries. See College nurseries and Childcare provision outside of the University for more information.