Nursery provision from September 2017

The 30 hours’ childcare entitlement, from September 2017

As you may well be aware, the current Government has introduced an entitlement to 30 hours’ free childcare for “working families” who meet the eligibility criteria, to commence in September 2017. Merton Children, Schools and Families department has a useful page of information on the changes, which may be viewed here.

West Wimbledon Primary School currently provides Nursery education for 3 and 4 year olds for 15 hours per week, the term after they turn 3, under the Government’s Free Early ‘Universal’ Education offer. We also offer a ‘Wrap-Around’ provision offering families the opportunity to pay for extended provision until 15.15 at a cost of £20 per day.

From January 2018, we are going to be offering eligible families the option to use their extended 30 hours’ entitlement in our Nursery, which will mean that their child can access 30 hours of free, quality school-based Nursery provision from 08.30 – 14.30. However, as our Nursery is open from 08.30 – 15.15, there will be an additional 45 minutes per day that parents will need to pay at a cost of £3 per day (£15 per week) for each child.

You can check what help you can get with childcare costs and an initial indication of your eligibility for 30 hours of free childcare, via the GOV UK website. You need to go to a “checking portal” to find out if you are eligible. If you are eligible, you will receive a code, which you need to share with us, in order to allocate your child a 30 hours’ place. We need this code by December 31st 2017, to firm up allocations for January 2018.

We will continue to offer families not eligible for the extended entitlement the option of paying for Wrap-Around (at a cost of £20 per day).

All families with a 3 and 4 year old child will still be eligible for the universal offer of free early education of up to 15 hours a week term time and will continue to be offered a 3 hour morning or afternoon session; morning session is 08.30 – 11.30 and the afternoon session is 12.30 – 15.30.

We are currently able to offer 16 places as part of this 30 hours/Wrap-Around offer. The following criteria will be used to allocate places where there are more than 16 families interested:

  1. Looked after children or children who were previously Looked after

  2. Families who are currently using our Wrap-Around Provision

  3. Where a sibling is already in the main school at the time of admission

  4. Straight line distance between the child’s home address and the main school

Please contact Mrs Vittoria Vernaschi if you have any questions about our 30 hours funded/Wrap-Around offer.

Deadline for 30 hours’ funding for January 2018 is December 31st. We advise that you apply by Friday December 8th to allow us time to assess your allocation.