It is our intention to make our setting accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community. We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the setting through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures. We take children from the age of two years and children can stay with us up until Reception (or move onto Nursery or another setting as the parents/carers choose). Our main intake is at the beginning of September each year. If places are available throughout the year other children may be offered a place. Where this is not possible applications will be moved to the following September intake.
- We ensure that the existence of our setting is widely advertised in places accessible to all sections of the community.
- We ensure that information about our setting is accessible, using simple plain English, in written and spoken form.
- Our setting and its practices are welcoming and make it clear that fathers, mothers, other relations and carers are all welcome.
- Our setting and its practices operate in a way that encourages positive regard for and understanding of difference and ability - whether gender, family structure, class, background, religion, ethnicity or competence in spoken English.
- We support children and/or parents with disabilities to take full part in all activities within our setting.
- We monitor the needs and background of children joining our setting on the Registration Form, to ensure that no accidental or unintentional discrimination is taking place.
- We share and widely promote our Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality Policy.
- We consult with families about the opening times of our setting to ensure that we accommodate a broad range of families’ needs.
- Failure to comply with the terms and conditions may ultimately result in the provision of a place being withdrawn.
- Priority is given to eligible 3/4 year olds to utilise their 15 hours Universal funding.
- Following this we will offer 15 hours to those children eligible for Free Two’s funding.
- We will then offer the additional 15 hour Extended offer to eligible 3/4 year olds with priority going to those who are taking their Universal 15 hours with us.
- Once all the above children have been allocated their funded sessions, we will offer billable sessions to children in the following order – * those taking their Universal funding or Free Two’s funding with us with priority given to those requiring year-round sessions over those requiring term-time sessions; * children already enrolled in the setting with priority given to those requiring year-round sessions over those requiring term-time sessions; * new admissions
- In addition, our policy may take into account –
- Some 2 year olds are entitled to the first 15 hours of early education funding known as Free Two’s funding
- From the term following their 3rd birthday, all children are entitled to the first 15 hours of early education funding, known as Universal Funding and those with working parents may be entitled to an additional 15 hours funding, known as Extended offer. Parents must check their eligibility online and notify the Setting.
- For those children eligible for the 30 hours extended offer, we will allocate as many places each year for parents/carers as is financially sustainable for the Setting. These places will have set times and parents must prove their eligibility before a place can be reserved for the extended 15 hours. This is reviewed termly. If the child falls out of eligibility during a term, it is the parents/carers responsibility to inform us and fees will become payable from the date on which funding ceases to be in place.
- Every effort is made to accommodate preferences; however, no guarantees can be given that parents/carers will be given their first choice of sessions
Allocation of Places
We allocate our places, in date of birth order, under the following selection criteria -
- the vicinity of the home to the setting;
- whether any siblings already attend the setting; and
- the capacity of the setting to meet the individual needs of the child.