We are open:Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3.30pm.
Our address:Guys Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers
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It is our intention to make our setting accessible to families from the local community, who want their children to go to Elmwood Primary School. We aim to ensure open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.
Morning sessions run daily from Monday to Friday, commencing at 8.30 and finishing at 11.30am. Afternoon sessions run daily from Monday to Friday, commencing at 12.30pm and finishing at 3.30pm. We also have a lunch club that runs from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
Funded children: No Charge. Children are eligible for up to 15 hours funding, in the term after that in which they turn three. This equates to 5 sessions at our Preschool. Children of working parents, may be entitled to 30 hours funding if they meet certain income criteria.
Non-funded children: £13.50 per session.
Funded children: Any hours exceeding the 15 hour government funding, where no extended funding is available, will be charged at £13.50 per session.
We offer a “lunch time” club (11.30pm – 12.30pm) Children can attend all day or the child can attend the lunch club with their normal session. We ask parents to provide their child with a healthy packed lunch and drink. These sessions cost £4.60 and are helping to prepare the children for the transition into school.
The children wear uniform on their top half – this consists of a tee shirt (£4) or polo shirt (£7) and a sweatshirt (£10) in royal blue with the Preschool logo on. These are available to purchase at any time in the setting.
Each child is allocated a key person who will be responsible for recording that child’s development against the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. A child’s key person will be the child’s (and their parent’s) main point of contact in the setting but as all of our staff work part-time, they won’t necessarily be in for all of the child’s sessions. Staff members work as a close team when caring for the children and children will get to know all staff members in on their sessions.
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We provide children with a choice of milk or water and a selection of healthy foods. We celebrate festivals and special occasions using foods of interest to each event. We ask that parents keep us informed of any allergies or food intolerances the children may have in order that we can manage this appropriately.
7. THE EARLY YEARS PUPIL PREMIUM
From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) to support children’s development, learning and care. We wanted to write to you to explain what the Early Years Pupil Premium is, explain who is eligible for this funding and, importantly, to ask you to fill out the enclosed forms so that we as a provider can claim the extra funding.
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money could make a significant difference to us.
We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include for example additional training for our staff on early language, investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.
It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.
Therefore we ask that you please ask for a form if you believe your child may be eligible for the EYPP. This will allow us to claim the additional Early Years Pupil Premium.