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Registration

In order to register your child with us we feel it is important that you come and see us and make sure that we are the right setting for you, by coming to see us you will be able to see the environment and meet members of the team. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and discuss any individual needs.

We retain all information in line with our data protection policy and our privacy policy is also available to view.

Booking Places

We are currently experiencing a high demand for places and operate a waiting list. All children within the nursery must attend a minimum of two sessions per week (split into mornings and afternoons) or one full day each week. Places can be secured with a £75 deposit (this only applies to fee-paying children) which is refunded when your child leaves us.

Children are provided with settling-in sessions prior to their start date which are supported by you, this allows your child to feel secure and happy. You will be provided with a voucher for a complimentary tea or coffee within our 'Light Bites' Café.

Paying Fees

Invoices are sent weekly or monthly and these will need to be paid in advance. Fees can be paid in the office by cash or debit-card or can be paid using online banking.
Children are able to access their Free Early Education Funding within any of our offered sessions times. For more information on how to find out if you're eligible and how to apply please see our funding information below.

Funding

3 to 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England are universally entitled to 15 hours of free childcare each week during term time. You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday. If your child is born between 1st September and the 31st December, their funding will start in January. If they are born between 1st January and 31st March their funding will start in April, and if they are born between 1st April and 31st August their funding will start in September.

Some 3 to 4-year-olds are entitled to 30 hours of free childcare each week, this will again be valid following your child's 3rd birthday. You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

- in work - or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
- each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week - this is £125.28 if you’re over 25

This earnings limit does not apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago. There may also be other eligibility criteria, please see the Government website for more information. Please note that you will need to have a valid 30 hour code before your funding will be able to start.

2 year olds

Some 2-year-olds are also entitled to free childcare hours known as Free For Two. To be eligible you must meet one of the following criteria:

- Be in receipt of income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
- Be in receipt of tax credits and have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
- Be in receipt of the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Be supported through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- Recieve the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

- they’re looked after by a local council
- they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- they get Disability Living Allowance
- they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

Please note that you will need a valid Free for Two code before your funding can start.

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