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Starting Nursery at Hythe Bay Children's Centre

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We recommend registering your child at nursery 12 months before you'd like them to attend.

 

Starting nursery is an exciting time for all the family.  We want children to feel confident, independent and have a sense of curiosity when coming to Nursery.

 

To develop these skills we offer a range of sensory activities and experiences, guided by the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (Early Years Curriculum).

 

The Nursery is very well resourced with clearly defined areas of learning within each room.  The learning activities your child encounters will be play based and built on real life experiences.  Through meaningful child initiated and adult supported practical activities, children begin to develop a conceptual understanding of the world.

Registering your interest

To start the process, please complete and return a registration form for your child, stating the sessions that you would like them to attend, your preferred start date, and any flexibility you might have regarding this information. 

You can usually expect to hear from us within 8 weeks of your registration form submission to let you know if we have the available space to suit your request. We will likely send you an offer letter so you can formally accept the space.

Settling into nursery

It is important that all parents/carers and children feel happy and confident when joining us. We offer the opportunity to have a tour of the nursery and a Home Visit as part of the settling process.

Before your child starts their full sessions, we arrange stay and plays and settling sessions, with up to 10 hours free settling time.

 

Your Key Person or Room Leader will work with you to ensure your child settles well at nursery. 

 

Click here to contact a member of staff to arrange an appointment.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Why do we have one?

The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals providing guidance on planning the learning activities, observing and assessing what and how your child is learning and developing.

 

Your child's progress will be assessed and will work toward the Early Learning Goals set as the expected level to reach at age of 5.

Fees and Registration

We recommend registering your child 12 months before you'd like them to attend nursery.

At Hythe Bay Nursery we believe in open communication with all parents/carers and staff and therefore present this fees structure in order to ensure that everyone fully understands our charging.  

 

  • Our fee structure for non-funded places is fully inclusive of all meals, drinks and snacks. These meals are cooked by our qualified chef in the nursery kitchen, catering to dietary needs.

 

  • Our fees do not include outings, celebrations or entertainment that is in addition to our usual session activities. However, children are often given the opportunity to go on local outings which are free.

 

  • We are open for approximately 49 weeks of the year in our full-time Nursery rooms (with closures at Christmas and at the end of August/beginning of September for essential cleaning and maintenance) and for 38 weeks per year in our term time only Safari room.  

 

  • We are closed for Bank Holidays.  

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Fees from April 2023
Baby Pricing

3 - 23 months

8am - 6pm

Toddler / Preschool Pricing
2 - 5 years

8am - 6pm

Term Time Only Pricing
2 - 5 years

9am - 3pm (term time only)

Morning

8am - 1pm ...................................  £34.48
 

Afternoon

1pm - 6pm ...................................  £34.48
 

Short Day

8am - 4pm ...................................  £55.16
 

Long Day

8am - 6pm ...................................  £67.70
 

Morning

8am - 1pm ...................................  £31.07
 

Afternoon

1pm - 6pm ...................................  £31.07
 

Short Day

8am - 4pm ...................................  £49.72

Long Day

8am - 6pm ...................................  £60.94

Morning

9am - 12 noon .............................  £18.64
 

Afternoon

12 noon - 3pm  ............................  £18.64
 

Full Day

9am - 3pm ...................................  £37.29

 

PLEASE NOTE: WE BILL A VOLUNTARY CHARGE OF £3.30 PER WEEK PER CHILD IN RECEIPT OF FUNDED HOURS.

This payment from parents will contribute towards the cost of administration, meals, trips and extra-curricular activities. 

Payment

Due within two weeks' of invoice

or weekly in advance

Absence
Including illness

Holidays

(applicable to Sea, Farm and Garden rooms only)

Fees are payable in advance in accordance with the rates in force at the time.  Fees are reviewed annually in September of each year, or in the event of any changes to the Provider Agreement.  Invoices are issued at the beginning of each month, payment is due within two weeks of the invoice date or weekly in advance.

No refund will be given in the event of a child's absence due to illness or any other reason other than the pre-booked holiday entitlement (detailed opposite).

Each child that is not booked in for term time only is entitled to 2 weeks of their booked sessions as holiday at half fees each year (September to August) if attending the Main Nursery.  Please ask your Key person for a Holiday Form which must be submitted with at least two weeks' notice.

Information
Help with costs

Please refer to our Fees Structure for full terms and conditions regarding our fees.

 

Admissions Policy

In the case of oversubscription, places in the Nursery are offered according to the following criteria:

 

  1. Children already attending the setting

  2. Siblings of children already attending the setting

  3. Applications supported by Social Services

  4. Date registration form received

 

All children become eligible for up to 15 hours Free Early Education the term after their 3rd birthday. 

Some 2, 3 and 4 year old children may also be eligible for working parent entitlement funding from the term after their 2nd birthday.

 

Some 2 year olds can get up to 15 hours of free early education each week, known as Free for Two funding.

Some parents may be eligible for Tax Free Childcare.

 

Click the button below for further information or visit the childcare choices website.

We will request a small voluntary contribution from parents to help towards the cost of administration, meals, trips and extra-curricular activities as these costs are not covered by the government funding. We suggest £3.30 per week per child, for children who are in receipt of funded hours. Bill payers are able to increase or decrease this amount by speaking to Karla, our Administration Officer.

 

Free Early Education (FEE)

The following information details how your child can access their FEE hours at this Nursery. 

 

All children become eligible for 15 hours Free Early Education (known as the 'Universal Entitlement') or 12 hours stretched over 48 weeks a year the term after their 3rd birthday. 

 

Working parents of 2, 3 and 4 year olds might be able to access up to an additional 15 hours Free Early Education (known as the 'Working Parent Entitlement' or 'Extended Entitlement;) subject to eligibility criteria. This means that some 3 and 4 year olds could be eligible for up to 30 hours free childcare each week in term time, or up to 24 hours each week if stretched across the year. 

 

To find out if you are eligible please visit the Childcare choices website

Some 2-year-olds can get up to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks a year or 12 hours each week over 48 weeks of the year.  This is a national scheme, currently available to 2-year-olds who are looked after by the local authority or whose parents receive specific benefits. Parents/carers can check with the Manager/Administrator to find out if their child qualifies, alternatively contact The Kent Children and Families Information Service  Telephone: 03000 41 23 23 or visit Childcare Choices.

 

 

A child is eligible for FEE at the start of the term after their second (if eligible), or third birthday:

A child born on or between

 

1st April and 31st August

1st September and 31st December

1st January and 31st March

might become eligible from

 

Start of Term 1, in September, following their 2nd/3rd birthday

Start of Term 3, in January, following their 2nd/3rd birthday

Start of Term 5, in April, following their 2nd/3rd birthday

The Free Early Entitlement at Hythe Bay Children's Centre Nursery

 For details on how the FEE is offered, please click on the following link:

 

PLEASE NOTE: FROM SEPTEMBER 2019, WE  INTRODUCED A WEEKLY VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION FEE FOR EACH CHILD IN RECEIPT OF FUNDED HOURS. WE SUGGEST A PAYMENT OF £3.30 PER WEEK PER CHILD. BILL PAYERS ARE ABLE TO INCREASE OR DECREASE THIS AMOUNT BY SPEAKING TO OUR ADMINISTRATION OFFICER.

This payment from parents will contribute towards the cost of administration, meals, trips and extra-curricular activities.

Payment

 

You will be invoiced in the usual way showing how many free hours your child is receiving in that period and what the additional charges are.

 

Please note that the FEE can be split between 2 providers up to a maximum of 30 hours.

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