Phase Five is a term-time Pre-School open Monday to Friday between 9:00am to 3:30pm offering a variety of sessions, on both sites; @ Kelston Close and @ Abbotswood. We are closed for bank holidays and school holidays. Examples of our sessions are follows:-
9:00am to 12:00pm (one session)
12:00pm to 12.30pm lunchtime (bring a packed lunch, additional charge for staff cover)
12:30pm to 3:30pm (one session)
Parents can choose the number of sessions their child attends, there is no minimum or maximum amount of sessions a child must attend.
Other hours are available subject to Ofsted ratios and if you require more details please discuss this with the Pre-School’s Administrator and/or the Manager.
If a child is attending the 9:00am to 3:00pm session, they can stay until 3:30pm at an extra charge.
Where adult/child ratios allow a child can have lunch at pre-school if they attend either a morning/afternoon session again at an extra charge if all grant sessions have been used.
It is the intention of Phase Five Pre-School to make our facilities accessible to children from all sectors of the local community.
Our Admissions Policy is based on a waiting list. Any child may apply to join the waiting list. Parents/carers are welcome to visit our Pre-School before putting their child’s name on the waiting list.
Allocation of Places for Pre-School Sessions
In January/February of each year forms are sent out to all parents/carers of current children, inviting them to request changes in sessions for the following September. In March/April of each year we issue forms for the eligible children on our waiting list. We are registered to take children from 2 years. Places will be allocated in birth date order ensuring adult to child Ofsted ratios.
Pre-School’s fees are reviewed annually. Fee Invoices are issued to every child in accordance with the Code of Practice at the beginning of each term (6 terms in total) and the fees are payable two weeks before the end of the term they cover. The invoices will detail the child’s entitlement to the Nursery Educational Grant, session fees payable and snack fees. Additional services, such as the cost of pre-school uniform will have a separate invoice. Payment can be made either in full or installments subject to prior agreement with the Pre-School’s Administrator. There is a charge for snacks. This goes someway to cover the cost of providing for snack time and cookery activities, however the majority of the cost is still maintained by the Pre-School. Four weeks, term time, written notice is required should you wish to cancel your child’s sessions, a Leaving Form or Request to cancel a session form must be completed (available from the office or from a member of staff). Fees are due during the notice period will be payable in full whether your child attends the cancelled sessions or not. There are no refunds for sickness or holidays. We are registered to accept childcare vouchers and for more details please see our Administrator. DfEE Nursery Education Grant for 3 and 4 Year Olds Our Pre-School is registered to accept the DfEE Nursery Education Grant which takes effect universally for all children the grant period following their third birthday. The grant periods are 1st September to 31st December, 1st January to 31st March and 1st April to 31st August. The grant funds up to 15 hours of Early Years Education per week for a maximum of 38 weeks per year. Parents/carers are not required to pay any top-up fees for these sessions. If a child attend less than 15 hours per week a pro-rata amount of the grant will be claimed. Should a child attend more than 15 hours per week Phase Five Pre-School will ask parents/carers to pay the balance for those hours not covered by the NEG as outlined in our fee policy. Information regarding grant requirements and claim forms can be obtained from the Pre-School Administrator and will be given when a child becomes eligible for the grant. DfEE Nursery Education Grant for 2 Year Olds Our Pre-School is registered to accept the DfEE Nursery Education Grant for two year olds living in households with low income or have a child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability. If you have a two year old and claim one of the following, then you could be entitled to funded childcare for up to 15 hours:-
Job seekers allowance
Employment and support allowance
Have a household income of less than £16,190.
If you feel you would qualify for this funding please speak the Pre-School’s Administrator who will be able to provide you with the appropriate forms to complete. If you are successful in applying for funding the grant will take effect the grant period following their second birthday. The grant periods are 1st September to 31st December, 1st January to 31st March and 1st April to 31st August. Early Years Pupil Premium From April 2015, Nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care. Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money could make a significant difference to us. With the registration paperwork is the additional information we need about your child and yourselves to enable us to complete the on-line checks to see if your child is entitled to the Early Years Pupil Premium.
30 hours free childcare
Parents/carers are asked to telephone 01454 311459 or text 07583 139451 Pre-School as soon as possible if their child will not be attending their session/s. If the absence is due to illness please let staff know the nature of the illness. A reason for absence form will need to be completed following the child’s return to Pre-School. Parents are also asked to keep children off Pre-School for at least 48 hours after the last attack of sickness and/or diarrhoea. Parents/carers are asked to complete a holiday form if their child will be taking holidays during term time, holiday forms can be obtained from a member of Pre-School Staff.
It is our aim to remain fully operational throughout the year. However, in circumstances beyond Pre-School’s control such as adverse weather conditions or heating/building problems, it may be necessary to cancel sessions. Staff will try to ensure all parents/carers are informed as soon as possible by telephone/website/facebook.
Phase Five Pre-School
at Abbotswood (2-3 yr olds)
St. Nicholas Family Centre
Phase Five Pre-school
at Kelston Close (3-4 yr olds)
Tel 01454 311459
Registered Charity 1079768