The Nursery Admissions and Charging Policy is issued to all families as part of the registration process. It is also available on request.
Early Education is offered to families during term time (39 weeks of the year).
Mile Cross Primary School Nursery offers 15 hours per week (universal entitlement) to 3-4 year olds and 30 hours per week (extended funding) when applicable. The funding may be split between Mile Cross Primary School Nursery and another setting. Funding is available from the start of the term following the child’s third birthday if places are available.
Government funding is intended to cover the cost to deliver 15 or 30 hours a week of free, high quality, flexible childcare. It is not intended to cover the cost of meals, additional hours or additional services.
3-4 year old provision
All children are eligible for a free early learning and childcare place from the beginning of term following their third birthday (depending on their date of birth). Children are able to access 15 hours of free early learning and childcare provision.
Children who meet the criteria for 30 hour funding can access this funding over 5 days during term time.
At Mile Cross Primary School Nursery children are offered 15 hours of early learning provision spread over five sessions per week each lasting three hours. The sessions can be taken flexibly.
The timings for the sessions are:
We will work with parents to ensure that as far as possible the hours/sessions that can be taken as free provision are convenient for parents’ working hours.
Sessions are offered flexibly when available meaning that a child can use their 5 sessions spread over 5 days or for example across 3 days. For those who require more than their free entitlement of 15 hours per week and do not meet the criteria for 30 hours, additional 3 hour sessions can be paid for-please see charges below.
30 hours places
Children who meet the criteria for 30 hours funded provision can attend the nursery for their funded hours 6 hours per days. There is a charge of £2 per day for the lunchtime session (11.30-12.15). This charge includes lunch and supervision.
It is the responsibility of the child’s parent/carer to apply for the 30 hours extended funding. This can be done via the government website. Once a parent/carer has received a 30 hour funding code it is their responsibility to ensure it remains valid. In order to do this they must continue to revalidate their claim every 90 days. If they become ineligible for the 30 hours funding the parent/carer will need to pay for the nursery sessions that exceed the 15 hours universal funding or give 4 weeks notice to stop the additional sessions.
Additional sessions can be bought when available at a cost of £12.00 per 3-hour session.
When a child stays for 2 sessions during a day there will be a charge of £2 per day to pay for the child’s lunch and lunchtime supervision. Lunch will be provided by the school kitchen.
For children who buy in additional sessions or lunchtimes we require weekly payment in advance. An invoice will be issued before the start of each week giving parents time to make the required payment. Payment can be made by cash or cheque. We do not currently accept childcare vouchers. Payment can be made half termly in advance in preferred.
Charges will still be applicable to children who are absent due to sickness or holidays. This is due to having to cover costs related to staffing, premises etc. If payment is not made before the due date a reminder will be sent. The child will be unable to attend additional sessions if payment is not received following the reminder and the place will be withdrawn.
In order to claim funding at the Nursery, the parent/carer is required to complete a parent/ carer claim form once a term. This will be organised by the school.
If you no longer require the place at Mile Cross Primary Nursery we require a 4 week notice period in writing. This notice period will begin from when we receive your notice in writing. Verbal notice is not acceptable.
Early education is offered within the national parameters.
· No session to be longer than 10 hours
· No minimum session length (subject to the requirements of registration on the Ofsted Early Years Register)
· Not before 6.00 am or after 8.00 am
· A maximum of 2 sites on a single day
Applying for a nursery place
Parents and carers can apply for a place by completing a nursery application form, which is available from the school office.
Decisions about places will be made:
· By May 31st for the September intake
· By November 30th for the January intake
· By Feb 28th for the April intake
Notification of places will be by letter.
If the nursery is full at the start of the Autumn term there will be no intake for the Spring and Summer terms. Places will be allocated if space is available.
The majority of children start in the Autumn term and there is a waiting list in operation should a place become available.
Dates when children become eligible for a nursery place:
If your child turns 3 between When your child will be able to start nursery Date of birth cut off date
December Start for Spring Term (January) December 31st
January 1st – 31st March Start of Summer Term (after Easter) March 31st
April 1st – 31st August Start of Autumn Term (September) August 31st
Allocation of places
The Local Authority criteria state that, where a maintained nursery is oversubscribed the following criteria are applied and places are allocated to:
1. Children with an EHCP or statement of special educational needs naming the nursery.
2. Children in public care or have been adopted from public care who are due to access three and four year old funding.
3. Children who are due to access three and four year old funding who are living in the catchment area served by the school and nursery and who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission.
4. Children who have a disability and live in the catchment area (Appropriate professional evidence will be required to confirm the disability).
5. Children who are due to access three and four year old funding who are living in the catchment area served by the school and nursery.
6. Children who are due to access three and four year old funding living outside the area served by the school and nursery and who have a brother or sister attending the school.
7. Children who have a disability and live outside the catchment area (Appropriate professional evidence will be required to confirm the disability).
8. Children of staff.
a) Where a member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made and/or
b) The member is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is demonstrable skill shortage.
9. Children who are due to access three and four year old funding living outside the area served by the school and nursery.
If all children cannot be offered a place using the above criteria, the highest priority in each category will be given to the children living nearest the nursery. This distance will be measured on a straight line “crow fly” basis, using Ordnance Survey data. The address will be measured between the post office address point on the property and the post office address point of the school.
As part of the registration process parents/carers will be required to provide documentation to evidence their child’s date of birth. This is to confirm that they have reached the eligible age for the free entitlement.
A copy will not be retained, but may be requested again at a later date.
If a child does not attend nursery during the first two weeks of term without an explanation the place will be offered to the next child on the waiting list. Similarly, if a child has consistently poor attendance without just cause their place at nursery could be compromised.
It is important to note that school admissions for Reception children are held by the Local Authority and the school cannot guarantee a school place for any child attending the nursery.
The SEND/ Inclusion policy is available for our school website. We aim to follow the requirements of the EYFS (2017) and provide an inclusive environment for all children and their families. We are required to comply with the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2015).
We will monitor and review the progress and development of all children. However, where a child appears to be behind expected levels of development or where a child’s progress gives cause for concern we will adopt a graduated approach with 4 stages of action: Assess, Plan, Do & Review. We will work in partnership with parents and provide information on how we are supporting their child’s development and will seek consent to request support from outside agencies where necessary.
We have a responsibility to identify groups of disadvantaged children who attend the setting and will apply for additional funding available locally, if families meet certain criteria. We will use this funding to ensure support is in place to improve children’s outcomes.
We will work with the local authority via ‘SEN Local Offer’ to ensure information is available locally to parents to ensure they are able to make choices about the right childcare provision for their child with SEN.
Early Years Pupil Premium
We aim to identify all children that may attract any additional funding such as EYPP, DAF, SEND Inclusion Fund and any locally available funding streams with a view to submit a claim/application to support and improve their outcomes.
Our Complaints Policy is issued to all families as part of the registration process. It is also available via our website.
Where parents/carers are not satisfied that their child is receiving the free entitlement in the correct way (as set out in this funding agreement and in Early Education and Childcare Statutory guidance for local authorities), a complaint can be submitted directly to Stuart Allen (Head Teacher).