Regular and punctual attendance is important. Children need to attend regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law.
Our policy applies to all children registered at our nursery and this policy is made available to all parents/carers of pupils who are registered at nursery.

Although parents/carers have the legal responsibility for ensuring their child’s good attendance, the Manager and staff at our nursery work together to ensure that all children are encouraged and supported to develop good attendance habits. Procedures in this policy are followed to ensure this happens.

Children who are persistently late or absent soon fall behind with their learning .Children who are absent from nursery frequently develop large gaps in their learning which will impact on their progress and their ability to meet age related learning expectations

Aims and Objectives

This attendance policy ensures that all staff and in our nursery are fully aware of and clear about the actions necessary to promote good attendance.

Through this Policy we aim to:

  • Improve pupils’ achievement by ensuring high levels of attendance and punctuality.
  • Create an ethos in which good attendance and punctuality are recognised as the norm and seen to be valued by the nursery
  • Raise awareness of parents, carers and children of the importance of uninterrupted attendance and punctuality at every stage of a child’s education.
  • Ensure that our policy applies to Nursery aged children in order to promote good habits at an early age.
  • Promote a positive and welcoming atmosphere in which children feel safe, secure, and valued, and encourage in pupils a sense of their own responsibility.
  • Establish a pattern of monitoring attendance and ensure consistency in recognising achievement and dealing with difficulties.
  • Recognise the key role of all staff, in promoting good attendance.


  • Authorised Absence
    An absence is classified as authorised when a child has been away from nursery for a legitimate reason and the nursery has received notification from a parent or carer. For example, if a child has been unwell and the parent telephones the nursery to explain the absence.
  • Unauthorised Absence
    An absence is classified as unauthorised when a child is away from nursery without the permission of the nursery.


Our nursery will undertake to follow the following procedures to support good attendance:

  • To maintain appropriate registration processes.
  • To maintain appropriate attendance data.
  • To have consistent and systematic daily records which give detail of any absence and lateness.
  • To strongly discourage unnecessary absence through holidays taken during term time.
  • To work with parents to improve individual children attendance and punctuality


All members of school staff have a responsibility for identifying trends in attendance and punctuality. The following includes a more specific list of the kinds of responsibilities which individuals might have.

Parents/Carers are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that their child attends nursery regularly and punctually unless prevented from doing so by illness or attendance at a medical appointment.
  • Contacting the school office on the first morning of absence.
  • Informing the school in advance of any medical appointments in school time. For the absence to be recorded as a medical absence we do require evidence from the doctor or dentist. (Appointment card/letter)
  • Making requests for authorised absence in term time, only if absolutely necessary as these are not automatically authorised.

Children who are persistently late miss a significant amount of learning, often the most important aspect, as the beginning of the day is where the teacher explains the learning and what each child is expected to achieve.

Where there have been persistent incidents of lateness parents/carers will receive a letter advising them of the concerns and the school will provide opportunities for parents/carers to seek support and advice to address these issues.


Parents/carers should contact the school on the first day of their child’s absence. When parents/carers notify us of their child’s absence it is important that they provide us with details of the reason for their absence.

All absences are recorded as either authorised or unauthorised absences. It is important that we receive accurate information from parents with reasons for the child’s absence. This information is used to determine whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised.

Leave of Absence Form

Parents are also reminded that Leave of Absence for the purpose of holidays in term time can no longer be granted save in the most exceptional circumstances.
Please attach a copy of appointment letter/card in the case of medical/dental appointments.

Name of child:


Name of parent:


Telephone number:

Start date of proposed leave of absence:

End date of proposed leave of absence:

Reasons for request:

Parent signature: