Welcome to our EYFS Unit - Fledglings and Wrens

Welcome back and a very Happy New Year to all of our children and their families; we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and restful holidays. Thank you so much for all your kind Christmas wishes, gifts and cards to us; they were all very much appreciated.

We are now looking forward to a busy and happy Term 3; with exciting new projects to investigate and some wonderful new resources to explore (courtesy of our wonderful school PTFA…many thanks to them for their generous support).

  • Projects, Plans and Routines – The term began with a ‘Wow Day’ for the Friday children, when we reflected on our Christmas celebrations and enjoyed a birthday party day. The children looked super in their party clothes and were busy decorating birthday buns and making a new birthday display for the classroom.

 As the term progresses we will continue to explore the theme of ‘Light and Dark’ using a variety of stories, including the ‘Owl Babies’. We will also focus on identifying our feelings and emotions and discuss these during small group activities and by introducing a new ‘checking-in system’ for the Reception children.

We will find out all about the Season of Winter, go for a wintry walk, and will join together to celebrate another World Festival…this time the festival of the ‘Chinese New Year’. We will share the story of the animals racing across the river, learn a Chinese Dragon song and dance and will sample some delicious Chinese food. More details about this and our ‘Chinese New Year’ topic day will follow soon.

From September 2018, our two Early Years Classes, currently Fledglings and Wrens, will be joined together to form an exciting new ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Unit’. Children aged from three to five years of age will have the opportunity to learn and play alongside each other in our innovative and challenging new early years setting.

Please click on the link below for details of our price list and session times.

Nursery price list September 2018

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Free Early Years Education Guidance

At Fledglings we are pleased to be able to offer up to 30 hours of free childcare per week over 38 weeks. All three and four-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early years education. These free sessions funded by Local Authority equate to five sessions of three hours per week. 

Delivery patterns of free early education available at fledglings

Sessions

Times

Weeks Per Year

Price

Morning Session

9.00 am – 12.00 pm

38 weeks – term time only

Free

Afternoon Session

12.00 pm – 3.00 pm

38 weeks – term time only

Free

Children who are eligible for up to 30 hours of free childcare will be offered five full day sessions where available. Further information on eligibility can be found on the government website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk).

Please note that funded hours claimed at the beginning of each term will be fixed for the whole term (i.e. Autumn Term 1&2, Spring Term 3&4, Summer Term 5&6), any adjustments can only be made at the beginning of the next new term i.e. Autumn, Spring and Summer.

Please note that the Free Funding does not include lunch. Lunch meals are available at additional cost of £2.30 per meal.

If you take up extra childcare over and above your child’s free entitlement, you will only ever be charged for the extra hours. Additional/non-funded hours can be paid for at a rate of £13.00 per session. Invoices will be emailed to you at the beginning of each month and fees are to be paid within 14 days of receipt of invoice. Payments can be made by cash, cheques, childcare vouchers or online bank transfers.

To claim the Early Years Entitlement funding the child’s legal documentation, i.e. birth certificate or passport will be required on registration.

Payment of Fees

No deposit or registration fee required. Invoices will be issued on a monthly basis payable in advance. The account should be settled by the end of the second week of the invoice period. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, childcare vouchers or bank transfer. The fees may be subject to periodic reviews, increases will be notified at least one month in advance.

Fees cover all non-funded sessions for which the child is enrolled including any sessions not attended by the child for instance due to illness/holiday. One calendar month’s notice will be required to cancel a place/or reduce sessions, failure to follow to provide this notice will incur the usual fee of £13 per session. Please note that no notice period is required for government funded places.

Non-payment of fees will result in the following actions by the nursery: Children in receipt of government funding will only be able to attend nursery for their funded hours entitlement. Hours outside of this entitlement will not be available to access until the outstanding amount has been settled. Children who do not receive funding will be requested to not attend the setting until the outstanding amount has been paid.

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