Early years provision & extended services
At The District CE we have Nursery places for children aged 2-4 years, in our Little Stars room (2-3 year olds) and our 3-4 years Nursery. All parents and carers are entitled to 15 hours free nursery education per week for their child (3-4 year olds, term time only). 2 year olds who meet the funded criteria also received 15 hours free funding per week. To apply for a place in our 3-4 year olds Nursery parents can apply on-line at: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sthelens.gov.uk
Some 3-4 year old children may be entitled to a 30 hours funded place if you meet the following criteria: You earn more than the equivalent of 16 hours at the national living wage or minimum wage per week: for example, £120 per week if you are 25 or older. There is no requirement to work a certain amount of hours per week – it is all about how much you earn. This means if you only work 10 hours a week but earn £12 per hour, you will meet the minimum earning threshold. Apprentices are also eligible as long as they earn the equivalent to 16 hours at the apprentice minimum wage. You earn less than £100,000 per year.
If you think you may be eligible for 30 hours please access the Childcare Choices website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ Or contact the St Helens FEEE team on: Telephone: 01744 676542Preview Changes (opens in a new window) Email: email@example.com Web: www.sthelens.gov.uk/free2 If you meet the criteria you will need to bring your allocated number to school.
The Nursery and Little Stars provision have a purpose built indoor and outdoor learning environment. The daily routine is organised into short sessions of small group focus activities and longer periods when the children can choose from the range of activities provided both indoors and outdoors. Some of the activities that your child may access include:
- Role play and dressing up
- Construction and small world, e.g. farm, dinosaurs, dolls house etc.
- Malleable materials (play dough, clay, etc.)
- Writing area
- Table top activities, e.g. jigsaws, games, tasks to promote fine motor skills etc.
- Book area
- Making music
Children are able to move freely between the indoor and outdoor area to have the opportunity to participate in large physical play. It is important that they wear suitable clothing, as much of their learning will take place outdoors!
We have a 60 place Reception unit, with an extensive outdoor environment. All children are allocated a key person to enable them to build close relationships and share any concerns or worries with one identified practitioner. The Reception unit is staffed with teachers and L3 and L2 learning support assistants. The children are taught in a range of group sizes depending on the activity they are involved in. Each child has an allocated teacher who monitors their progress and development. The Reception day is organised into time for both child initiated and adult led activities. Children are directed to work in small groups, or one to one with an adult. They also have opportunities to choose freely from the range of continuous provision areas on offer. The Early Years curriculum is underpinned by 4 themes and a number of principals relevant to Early Years practice. The themes are:-
- A unique child
- Positive relationships
- Enabling environments
- Learning and development
The principals focus on children becoming independent, resilient and confident learners who develop positive relationships with others. We support our children to develop these skills and attributes by providing a well organised, stimulating learning environment indoors and outdoors and by offering fully inclusive provision. Within the Early Years curriculum there are 7 areas of learning. The 3 prime areas are:-
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
The 4 specific areas:-
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
We provide before, after school and holiday club provision on site. Our childcare services are staffed by adults who work in school to provide continuity and the best possible care for our children.
Our breakfast club runs from 7.30am, until the start of the school day. The after school club runs from 3.15pm to 6pm. The children have access to a range of activities, homework support, resources and facilities. Children are provided with breakfast or a small teatime meal during the sessions.
We run holiday club provision non term time (except for the Christmas holiday period). Prior to a school holiday period we write out to parents to request bookings. Please look out for the information and return to us promptly to secure your child’s place.
Children are able to attend childcare services to meet need. You may wish to access breakfast and after school club daily, or you may only want one day per week. Please contact the school office to discuss and book your child’s place.
Details of our current services and fees are downloadable by clicking on the link below.
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Patterson Street, Merseyside, WA12 9PZ
Patterson Street, Merseyside, WA12 9PZ