Childcare and Educational Services

THE STRUCTURE OF OUR CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION SERVICES

We have 3 main rooms:

Ladybirds (provision for children aged from 3 months to 2 years and a term)
Bumblebees (provision for children aged 2 years and a term to 3 years and a term)
Fireflies (provision for children aged 3 years until they leave to start Reception)

Across all of our rooms, the curriculum is planned in line with the appropriate age and stages of development within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Ladybirds (provision for children aged from 3 months to 2 years and a term)

A major feature of the provision for children in this room is a programme that meets the very particular individual needs of children aged from 3 months to 2 years by supporting their emotional, social and intellectual development within a caring, supportive and stimulating environment. The provision is planned and delivered by qualified Early Years Educators. Our 0-3 Manager oversees the provision across Ladybirds and Bumblebees.

The childcare and education in Ladybirds is provided by a highly qualified team who are experienced with caring for children of this age group and are committed to the provision of a nurturing environment, which supports individual children’s growth and development.

Bumblebees (provision for children aged 2 years and a term to 3 years and a term)

Within Bumblebees, activities continue to be planned which stimulate and challenge children’s growing knowledge and understanding of the world around them. As in Ladybirds, the provision is planned and delivered by qualified Early Years Educators. A caring, supportive and nurturing education and childcare facility is provided within the room. Our 0-3 Manager oversees the provision across Ladybirds and Bumblebees. 

Fireflies (provision for children aged 3 years until they leave to start Reception)

In Fireflies, there is a qualified Teacher who leads the planning and teaching alongside experienced Early Years Educators. A caring, supportive and nurturing childcare facility is provided within the room, with extended hours beyond the core education day. The extended hours provision is provided by the same team who support the education element of the day, to ensure continuity and security for the children in our care. 

In the term after they have turned 3 years old, children are entitled to receive 15 hours of free nursery education via Free Education Funding (FEF). Some parents may also find that they are eligible for a total of 30 hours extended eligibility funding, where they meet the government’s criteria for this. You can check your eligibility at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk .

Children attending our Fireflies class, must sign up for a minimum of three days per week.

 

NUMBER OF PLACES AVAILABLE, HOURS OF OPERATION AND MINIMUM DAYS OF ATTENDANCE

Ladybirds

We offer 12 full day places from 8am until 6pm, on a year round basis, each day for children aged three months to two years and a term. Places are available for between 1 and 5 days a week on a fixed pattern of attendance and determined by school capacity. All places in the room are on a year round basis only.   

Bumblebees

We offer 12 full day places from 8am-6pm, on a year round basis, each day for children aged 2 years and a term to 3 years and a term. Places are available for between 1 and 5 days a week on a fixed pattern of attendance and determined by school capacity. All places in the room are on a year round basis only.  

Fireflies

We offer 24 places per day for children aged three years and a term until the end of the term before they start Reception – 8 places are offered on an 8am-4pm day length and 16 places are offered on an 8am-6pm day length. Children are required to attend for a minimum of 3 days a week; many attend for 4 or 5 days. All places in the room are on a year round basis only. All children aged 3 and 4 years automatically receive 15 hours Free Education Funding for 38 weeks (term time) per year. Some families may be eligible for 30 hours extended entitlement.  Please speak to our School Business Manager for more information.

 

Further information can be found in our Information Pack for new and prospective parents.