Nursery Information for Parents
Sessions are from 9.00am – 12.00pm and 12.00pm – 3.00pm. Your child will need to bring a packed lunch as eating lunch together is an important part of social development.
The staff in our nursery are well qualified and experienced. There is a qualified teacher who has overall responsibility for the nursery pupils. All staff will interact with all pupils in the nursery at various times but each child will be allocated a ‘key worker’ who will be the adult that the child is most familiar with.
Children develop quickly in the early years, and our nursery staff aim to do all they can to help our children have the best possible start in life.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and the age of 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school, as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure and support their development, care and learning needs.
Nurseries, pre-schools, school reception classes and childminders registered to deliver the EYFS must follow a legal document called the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in early years to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. Children should mostly develop the three prime areas first. These are:
These seven areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it is suitable for very young children, and is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests. Through the EYFS, children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking, which takes place both indoors and outside.
Funding and Fees
If your child is 3 years old and you meet the eligibility criteria, see below, you are entitled to claim for 30 hours of funded education per week from the term after your child turns 3. If you do not meet this eligibility criteria you are still entitled to 15 hours funded per week.
If your child is 2 years old you may be able to apply for a funded place, 15 hours a week, if you meet the relevant criteria, see below.
Fee paying places are also available from age 2, before their funding entitlement starts, from 9am – 3pm, term time only.
The cost per session, morning or afternoon, for all ages, is £12.50 which includes a contribution towards the daily, healthy snacks provided.
Wrap Around Care
We are also now able to accept children from aged 3 in The Star Club which is open term time from 7.45am – 9am and 3pm – 6pm and during school holidays. These are booked separately from the Nursery and each session is charged for. Please visit the Extended Care page on our website for more information.
Your child will be offered a place based on our Admissions Policy, available on the Policies page. Please note that being offered a place in our Nursery does not automatically entitle your child to a place in Reception.
Bookings will be made via the school office on a term by term basis to start September, January and April.
Funding Eligibility for 3 and 4 year olds
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 funded hours of childcare per week regardless of eligibility. From September 2017, 3 and 4 year olds will also be entitled to an additional 15 hours per week (30 funded hours), (9am – 3pm) if the following eligibility criteria is met:
- Both parents must be working,(or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage) and a maximum annual income of less than £100,000 per year.
Therefore, currently for a parent aged 21-24, you'd need to earn a weekly average of at least £111.20. For a parent aged 25+, you'd need to earn a weekly average of at least £115.20
This is a scheme to help working parents, so families where one parent doesn't work, or both parents don't work, will usually not be eligible for these additional 15 hours.
However, if one parent isn't working because they're an official carer (eg receiving benefits relating to being a carer) or they are receiving disability benefits, and the other parent is working, then you may be able to claim.
There is also additional entitlement if the parent normally works but is temporarily away from the workplace, for example on statutory sick pay.
If you are self-employed or on a zero hours contract. You will be eligible if you (or both of you in a couple) earn at least the equivalent of 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage – see above.
Tax-Free Childcare Scheme
If you meet the above eligibility for the 30 hours funded childcare you can also apply for tax-free childcare at the same time.
Funding Eligibility for 2 year olds
Some 2 year olds are entitled to 15 funded hours of childcare per week. They can start the term following their 2nd birthday if the following eligibility criteria is met:
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following:
· Income Support
· income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
· income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
· Universal Credit
· tax credits and annual income of under £16,190 before tax
· guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
· support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
· the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
A child can also get free early education and childcare if they’re looked after, have a SEN statement, EHC plan or receive Disability Living Allowance
Nursery (F2) Admissions September 2016
Please click here for Oxfordshire Policy for Admission to Nursery Classes and Attached Nursery Schools.
To apply for a place in our Nursery please complete and return our Pupil Enrolment Form and provisional interest form.
If you have any queries please contact the school office staff who will be happy to help.