We would like to welcome you and your child to Stannington Village Pre-School. During term time Pre-School sessions are held in the Green room at the Lomas Hall, in the morning 9.15am – 12.15am, and in the afternoons 12.15pm – 3.15pm during term time, (this includes lunch – your child will need to bring a packed lunch). We also provide an early start from 8am each day and a late finish to 4pm.
Each session is run by a Manager & 3 supervisors, this is a staff ratio of 1:5. We have one member of staff appointed as a SENCO worker. A key person is designated to work alongside each child to ensure a personalised curriculum. Our staff aim is to guide each child through a stimulating play based environment. Please feel free to stay for a while until you feel your child is happily settled.
Please let us know if there are any changes to your contact details – we are dependent on the accuracy of this information when your child is ill or at other times that we need to get in touch.
Fees for Pre-School are charged at the rate of £15, per session for children aged 2+ and £14 for children aged 3+, paid each half term. Early starts are £6per day and late finishes are £5per day, (subject to change). Bank credit is our preferred method of payment (or cheques made payable to Stannington Village Pre-School). If your child does not attend some of your booked sessions the amount payable remains the same. Persistent late collection will incur a charge of £5 per half hour or any part thereof over 15 minutes.
If your child is eligible for the Free Early Learning funding of 15 hours nursery education a week – just indicate your wishes to our administrator who will provide the necessary paperwork. More information can be found further on in this letter.
30 hours funded places are available for those children whose parents meet set financial criteria.
You can check your eligibility via the following link www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator.
Please call or email if you need help with the process or if you would like to book in additional sessions.
If a child leaves pre-school without notice, pre-school will be able to claim 4 weeks notice from the FEL. During this 4 weeks, the child will not be able to claim funding from another provider. If your child is eligible for the grant but you wish to use your entitlement elsewhere you will be charged the grant rate. Funding will be paid for up to two weeks holiday per year. Parents will be liable for all fees exceeding this.
How To Pay
Main sessions can be allocated and billed on the following basis:-
All children 2,3 & 4 year olds
Paid for by parents/carers at the current rate;
No limit on the number of hours taken – bill will be produced at the start of each half term.
2 year olds
15 hour Funded early learning – from term after 2nd birthday subject to strict qualifying criteria. Click here for more information on Free Early Learning.
We will claim the funds on your behalf, once the necessary paperwork which we will supply is completed. You will however need to check eligibility, click here for more information on Free Early Learning. It is possible to pay for additional sessions above the free sessions.
3 & 4 year olds
15 hour Funded early learning – from term after 3rd birthday – click here for more information on Free Early Learning.
30 hours extended funded early years places – subject to strict qualifying criteria.
It is possible to pay for additional sessions above the free sessions.
We will claim the funds on your behalf, once the necessary paperwork which we will supply is completed.
Early starts and Late finishes
To be paid for by parents/carers at the current rate, bills will be produced at the start of each half term.
Other payment methods
For childcare costs in addition to the Government funded hours there are a number of schemes available:
- Tax Free Childcare: for every £8 you pay in, the Government pays in £2
- Childcare vouchers: available through participating employers
- Tax Credits or Universal Credit
- Disability Living Allowance if eligible
You cannot access all of these programmes at the same time, so you should research which one is best for you. Click here for an online Childcare Calculator to help work out what’s available.
More information on the different options is available at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
Please talk to Sarah Atack if you need further information.