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Admissions and Funding

Admissions

If you are interested in registering your child for a place at our Nursery, then please complete an Application Form and sent it to the school.

We offer funded places for three and four year olds and funded places for qualifying two year olds.

We are now taking applications for at least the next three school terms.

If you would like to visit the provision please contact us to arrange a time.

A place in Wheelwright Lane Nursery does not guarantee that a child will gain a place in the main school. The Local Authority allocate school places, neither the school or the nursery have any influence in their processes.

Current Entitlement to Funding

At present all three and four year olds are entitled to 15 funded education hours each week. This will rise to 30 hours in September 2017 for eligible working families.

If you are receiving certain benefits or credits, you may be able to receive free childcare for two year olds:

Early Years Pupil Premium

Did you know your Early Years Provider may be able to claim extra funding to enhance the quality of your child’s early education?

The Early Years Pupil Premium has been introduced by the Government and will pay early years providers an additional £300 per financial year for each eligible three and four year old child that takes up their full 15 hour entitlement.

The funding follows the child and goes to all early years providers that are delivering the funded early education entitlement.

A child will be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium if:

Their parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits or credits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

OR the child has:

  • Been Looked After by the local authority for at least one day
  • Been Adopted from care
  • Left care through Special Guardianship
  • Been or is subject to a child arrangement order (formerly known as residence order).

If you are in receipt of one of the above, please ask your Early Years Provider for a form to complete.

30 Hours Free Entitlement for Working Parents

The government have proposed (Childcare Bill – December 2015) that from September 2017 children of eligible working parents will be entitled to an additional 15 hours of free childcare. Places can be accessed from the start of the school term after a child’s third birthday until statutory school age.

The new entitlement to 30 hours free childcare is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable them, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours.

The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are 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 less than £100,000 per year.

The 30 hour entitlement can be split between up to three settings.

At Wheelwright Lane Nursery we hope to be able to offer a limited number of 30 hours funded places (Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 3.00pm). These places will be available on a first come, first served basis. In addition to the 30 hours free you will be able to ‘top up’ with additional hours where required to support your family's needs.