Hours and sessions and fees:
We are open from 8am to 6pm.
Fees from September 2016
|Pre booked sessions
2 -3 yrs old
|Pre booked sessions
3- 4 yrs old
|Occasional/ additional sessions||£2.50||£2.50||£12.50||£5.00||£5.00||£12.50||£5.00||£2.50||£2.50|
Our late collection fee is: £5.00 and an additional hourly rate of £5. We have to maintain ratios of staff and children at all times. We reserve the right to review this fee if late collection is a regular occurrence.
We accept most forms of childcare vouchers.
We also accept 2 and 3 year old funding for places at the nursery.
2gether funding is only available for children fulfilling certain eligibility criteria set out by the government and is not open for all. Information can be found on the Devon website: http://devon.gov.uk/2gether
3 year old funding begins the term after a child’s 3rd Birthday and all children are able to access 15 hours of funding.
Funding is available term time only.
A registration fee of £40 is applicable to children who are not fully funded.
It is our intention to make Little Orchard Nursery and Pre-school accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community.
No more than 38 children may attend at any one session.
We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the pre-school through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.
In order to achieve this aim, we operate the following admissions policy.
We ensure that information about our setting is accessible - currently it is available on our website and in the setting in written form. Where appropriate we will endeavour to provide this in another format or language upon request. Where necessary, we will try to provide information in Braille, or through signing or an interpreter. We are developing our website to include information about our setting, which will incorporate our policy documents.
Children will be placed on a waiting list on a first come first serve basis, which will be the date on which the signed application form is submitted with the application fee where appropriate.
However, our waiting list looks at several factors:
- The sessions requested by parents.
- The room for which the child is developmentally appropriate.
- Siblings will not take priority, however, we will endeavour to highlight to current parents to book children onto the waiting list well in advance.
Children can be admitted from 2 years old, although our setting is registered from birth. When we have no waiting list and staffing allows, we can accept children approaching their second birthday.
A child can remain with us until the start of the term after their 5th birthday.
We recommend to parents that children attend at least two sessions per week to encourage children to become familiar with and settled within the setting, although we will consider parents and children's needs.
We welcome children regardless of their gender, special educational needs, disabilities, background, religion, ethnicity or language. We will liaise fully with parents and professionals to ensure that it would be in the child’s best interests to attend the setting.
Parents/carers are encouraged to visit with their child before admission to ensure they feel it is the right setting for their child. They should be prepared to stay with their child if necessary for the first session or two. We operate a flexible admissions procedure and where appropriate a child may attend for brief periods at first; gradually building up to a full session.
Grants are available for all children who are 3 and 4 years olds (Early Years Funding) and some who are 2 years old (2gether funding). See Payment Policy for information regarding funding.
If a child leaves our setting before moving on to school, or reduces the number of sessions attended, parents must give at least four weeks’ notice of the leaving date in writing. Fees will be payable (or grant claimed by us) until that date.
Our equal opportunities policy is available on the website and in the parent’s handbook.
Where parents need to change the sessions or days which their child attends, we will be as flexible as possible within the limits of our staffing.
The local authority will withdraw funding if a child does not attend regularly without a reason being provided for their absence.
If a child has not attended Little Orchard Nursery and Pre School for 3 weeks without any explanation we reserve the right to offer their sessions to another child after contacting parents and discussing the situation.