We were pleased to offer the Free Entitlement Funding entitlement from April 2013. If parents choose to take up their child’s Free Entitlement Funding within a school nursery we may also be able to provide a drop off/pick up service. This service is subject to availability; please ask for more details.
The following information is to provide you with some more information about the Free Entitlement Funding. In Tamesidesome 2 years olds and ALL 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to a free education place. Some parents choose to send their child to a local authority nursery every morning or afternoon during term-time only for a three hour session. Alternatively parents can choose a private day nursery and they will receive a ‘free place’ consisting of up to 15 hours per week over 38 weeks in the year.
Where a child is attending/ claiming fewer than five sessions per week, the entitlement can be spread over a longer period. The number of weeks per term will differ.
The advantages of your child remaining within our nursery are:
* We provide childcare from 7:30 am to 6:00pm which enables parents to work, study or train whilst their child is in our care.
* We have a staffing ratio of 1 Adult to every 8 children (In Local Authority nursery’s the ratio is 1 Adult per 13 Children).
* Parents receive the funding free at the point of delivery which will help by reducing the cost of fees
How the grant works
The grant is divided up into three terms- Spring, summer and autumn and is awarded as follows: SPRING TERM (January-March) SUMMER TERM (April-July) AUTUMN TERM (September-December)
Your child will be eligible for the grant the term after their second, third or fourth birthday. At the start of each term there will be a headcount of every 2, 3 and 4 year old that attends the nursery and also of how many sessions they attend. We will need to see proof of age for all children claiming the grant to keep on our records if we haven’t already done so during your child’s induction. This can be a birth certificate, passport or child’s red health book.
There are a number of flexible ways to use the entitlement if the nursery can accommodate this, please speak to a member of the management team about this. Parents of children who pay additional fees will pay discounted fees each week for a number of weeks per term. We reserve the right to charge for meals and snacks where applicable. We do realise the process and calculations of Free Entitlement Funding can be confusing so please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the management team if you require more information.
A key part of the current government agenda is to meet the needs of deprived children by narrowing the gap between children of different backgrounds. The council allocates funding to the nursery to support the relevant levels of deprivation experienced at the nursery. Such funding is included as a supplement to the hourly base rate the nursery receives to provide a free place to 2, 3 and 4 year olds.
The deprivation supplement received each term will be spent during the term it is received and will be used to purchase appropriate educational items for the benefit of the funded children attending during that term. Some examples of what we may spend this money on include Educational Resources, I.T. Equipment & Educational Software, Educational Visits and Specialist External Educational Teaching, For more information about the deprivation supplement we receive you can refer to the guidance available online athttp://www.tameside.gov.uk/earlyyears/freeentitlement