All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare.
Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours free childcare, for example if you get certain benefits.
Use the following link to find out more information: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or pop into the school office to pick up a leaflet.
15 hours free childcare
All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.
30 hours free childcare
You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take).
Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you live in England and receive certain benefits. From February 2018, we also have a small number of 2 year old places available.
We do not just accept 2 year old children with funding. Children who are not eligible for funding can still attend the nursery. We currently accept up to four 2 year old children in one half day session with one key worker caring for their needs. They are a part of the wider nursery class being taught by a qualified teacher but also have the level of care that you would expect for their age. We have a cosy corner for rest or nap times, should they need it, and full nappy changing facilities. We also keep home/school diaries for continuity of care and support. Places at charged at £5 per hour.
Our nursery hours are from 9am to 3pm. We are flexible with the way you choose to use the hours. For example if you qualify for 15 hours a week, you might decide to send your child for five half days a week or two full days and one half day. Any children that attend our nursery for the full day receive a free hot school meal but the option of providing them with their own lunch from home is available. At lunchtimes, the nursery children eat in the school library with an adult helping them.
If you are interested in sending your child to our nursery, please contact the school on 01522 880071 or pop into the office to collect an admissions form.
The nursery day
When children arrive for the day, the nursery class comes together for registration. The children’s names are read out and their attendance is noted – in a similar way to ‘big’ school.
Free play may last for an hour or more and involves a large choice of play activities that children can choose from. Children may be involved in several different types of play during the free play session. This typically involves play such as:
- Using play dough
- Making models
- Collage work
- Playing in the role play areas
- Playing with sand and water
- Doing a puzzle
- Playing games
- Playing with construction toys
- Using carefully selected apps on the iPads
It’s recognised that children love stories, so at some point during the session there’s a story time. There are songs, where the children can join in.
Physical play is important too and there is always physical play incorporated into the nursery learning experience. It is designed to improve the key skills of children, both physically and socially, for example a child’s balance, co-ordination, playing with others and the ability to learn to take turns with other children. Physical play may take place indoors or outdoors and may involve the use of equipment such as a climbing frame, tunnel or slide.
At some point during the activities there will be a snack time, where children can have a break and enjoy a healthy snack, such as fruit.
Children also take part in phonics and maths sessions to help develop the early reading, writing and maths skills and knowledge.
Focused tasks are led by key workers and children are invited to take part in various activities throughout the session. Focused tasks are carefully planned by the nursery teachers to ensure the facilitation of children’s learning.
Learning journeys can be viewed through a piece of educational software called ‘Tapestry’. By logging on with a secure username and password, you will be able to view all of your child’s observations, photographs and videos from their time at nursery. You will even receive an email telling you when a new observation or piece of work is available for you to view. This will enable you to follow your child’s individual progress closely and you can reflect upon their achievements with your child. You can add comments so that staff find out about which activities your child really enjoyed and the learning they get up to at home. Staff will reference your child’s learning to the EYFS profile so you will know which area of learning your child is achieving in and the age-band they were working in for that activity. All of this information is stored on a highly secure server which is monitored closely.
Information for parents