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Childcare & Early Education

At Brackensdale we offer sessional care for funded children aged 2 years, and full day care for children aged 2-4 years. Places are available to anyone who requires care for their children. Admissions are generally available all year round, however funded early education places are subject to the local authority’s funding timetable.

Place allocation is a complex matter and some sessions may have limited availability, dependent on the number of full-time equivalent places being taken up. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis dependent on availability of sessions required. We will seek to accommodate the needs of each family where possible. Where a place cannot immediately be found then children will be placed on a waiting list.

Waiting List Criteria

Children will remain on the waiting list until a place becomes available. As a place becomes available, it will be offered to the family whose needs it most closely matches in terms of age of child and pattern of sessions available. Where there is more than one such match, offers will be made on the following priority basis: siblings of children already attending; children who have been or are eligible for 2-year funding; children who qualify for EYPP; children living nearest to the nursery.

Prioritising Places During the Pandemic

If there is a need to prioritise places, for example where we are unable to operate at full capacity, we will give priority to:

  • vulnerable children and children of critical workers
  • then 3- and 4-year-olds, in particular those who will be transitioning to reception
  • followed by younger age groups

Funding

Full day care and wraparound provision may be paid for directly by parents, through voucher schemes and through tax free childcare. We encourage all parents to access the Childcare Choices website to find the best package of support for their circumstances. Full details of our pricing structure can be found on our website and on Annex one to the childcare contract.

Annex one shows which sessions have been booked, which are funded and which are chargeable. Fees are based on sessions booked and not attendance. Refunds and credits will not be given for days where your child does not attend due to sickness or holiday. We do not allow swapping of days unless it is permanent and there is availability.

We also provide care funded by Care to Learn, Jobcentre + and other agencies.

Free Early Education Entitlement

15 funded hours for two year olds are available for eligible families and for all three- and four-year olds. Please contact us for details of current sessions. We may be able to offer some flexibility for working parents.

Families may usually choose to use their extended hours with one or more providers, however during the pandemic we are not accepting children who are attending more than one setting.

There is no limit to the number of funded places available, other than that dictated by Ofsted room size and staffing requirements.

Snacks and Meals

Snacks for all sessions are provided free of charge. Children attending at lunchtime (12.00pm) may purchase a lunch from the school kitchen at a cost of £1.50 or provide their own packed lunch.

Late Fees

A charge is made if a child is collected after the end of their session time. This will be £10 for the first 15 minutes and £10 each subsequent 15 minutes. If lateness persists parents may be asked to change their session times or cancel their child’s place.

Complaints

If a parent has concerns in relation to the funding of the FEEE, they should take this up in the first instance with the Nursery Management Team. Where the Nursery Management Team is unable to resolve such concerns, the parents should contact Childcare and Families Information Team, 1st Floor, School Organisation and Provision, Children and Young People, Derby City Council, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS, 01332 642603.