Children can start at nursery the term after their third birthday. We offer 15 hours of free early years education which is normally taken over 5 morning / 5 afternoon sessions. We will also offer the 30 hours extended entitlement to families who are eligible. (for more information on help with paying for childcare click here or here)
In addition, we can offer sessions to children in the term that they turn 3, if they are in receipt of two year old funding, if places are available. Contact the school office for details.
REGARDLESS OF WHAT ENTITLEMENT YOUR CHILD ACCESS AT OUR SCHOOL, OUR MAIN PRIORITY WILL BE ALWAYS BE MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CHILD.
Wrap around sessions
We offer parents the opportunity to buy additional nursery hours to make an 'additional session' or 'a lunchtime'. The cost per hour is £4.50. If your additional hour is over lunchtime then the cost of a school meal is an extra £2.10 (as at September 2018). These sessions can complement the morning or afternoon education sessions, and are allocated dependent on availability of hours and considering the needs of the child. E.g. if a child attends a morning session, they could access another 4 hours at a cost of £20.10 (4 x £4.50 + £2.10 = £20.10)
Our hours are as follows:
Morning start 8.30am
Morning end 11.30am
Lunchtime hour 11.30am-12.30pm
Afternoon start 12.30pm
Afternoon end 3.30pm
These are the times that we open the school for drop off and/or pick up. If other drop off or collection times are needed, then this needs to be agreed previously with the Headteacher and are mainly for work or sibling school time reasons.
If needed, nursery children have access to before and after school provision on the site at the Glebe Junior School. (7.30am start and 6.00pm finish respectively)
For more information on before or after school provision for Nursery aged children and school siblings follow the link below
15 hours universal entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year.
At South Normanton Nursery School, this is 15 hours a week taken over 38 weeks a year.
The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday.
|Child’s birthday||When you can claim|
|1 January to 31 March||The beginning of term on or after 1 April|
|1 April to 31 August||The beginning of term on or after 1 September|
|1 September to 31 December||The beginning of term on or after 1 January|
Example Your child was born on 15 February 2013. You can get free childcare when the next term starts after 1 April 2016.
15 hours funded entitlement for 2 year olds
At South Normanton Nursery School, a child who is eligible for 2 year funding can come to Nursery IN the term that they turn three.
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following:
A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
30 hours extended entitlement
Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:
• They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
• This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c.£5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
• This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
• The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work. • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
• Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.
• Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
• If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.
A parent will not meet the criteria when:
• Either parent has an income of more than £100,000
• Either parent is a non-EEA national and subject to immigration control (and has no recourse to public funds)
What happens if a parent loses eligibility?
• They will receive a “grace period” – this means they will be able to keep their childcare for a short period.
• Once the “grace period” has lapsed, the parent may be entitled to the universal 15 hour entitlement (grace period has not been confirmed but will possibly be a half term)
Checking eligibility and what to do next!
If you think you are eligible you need to:
Chat to Moira our school business manager about what hours you would need if you were eligible and what hours you would need if you are not eligible.
PLEASE NOTE, YOUR CHILD'S EXTENDED ENTITLEMENT WILL BEGIN THE TERM AFTER THE VERIFICATION OF THE CODE. E.G. IF YOU GET A CODE ON THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS OF THE TERM, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE UP THE HOURS UNTIL THE FOLLOWING TERM.
At South Normanton Nursery School along with the Early Years team at Derbyshire County Council, we believe that our main priority throughout all options of Early Years provision is the child. There are enough places for 3 and 4 year olds and 2 year olds within the locality to ensure access for all, therefore no one should be left out.
Collaboration between providers is key. At our school, this is something we excel at. We have built up, and continue to build excellent relationships with local pre-schools, private day nurseries and childminders and we open our setting to networking, training and sharing good practice. If your child takes up their funding across a number of settings, the universal 15 hours must be stated from the beginning with a named setting of parent's choice.
We understand the need for flexibility when choosing childcare that suits your working needs and are in turn exceptionally flexible with what we offer. However, we do have limits relating to hours of opening, staff levels, capacity and historically full waiting lists. If we cannot offer you what you need, we will try very hard to support you in getting this through working with our local early years providers to meet your needs.
Extended entitlement hours are arranged around the drop off and pick up times as stated above and are arranged in collaboration with the school depending on availability. Additional hours can be purchased as described above for wrap around hours.
If you have any questions at all, please pop in to see us, email us or give us a ring - we understand how confusing and sometimes frustrating choosing childcare can be.