We know that parents often have questions in the lead up to their child starting Nursery. We hope the answers to our most ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ will be useful for you:
About Cheadle Hulme Nursery
How many children do you have at Cheadle Hulme Nursery?
We have a capacity of 32 pupils per day. The children access both our indoor and outdoor spaces daily and have regular access to school facilities such as the library, sports hall, big playground and studio.
Where is Cheadle Hulme Nursery?
We are located on the left hand side of the Cheadle Hulme Primary School building and have our own entrance/exit.
How will you make sure my child settles into the nursery well?
To ensure your children have the smoothest transition possible, we invite parents and children to come and visit us prior to starting, we then offer a home visit so that the children get to see us in their own environment before coming to us for their three settling in sessions- a one hour visit with parent, a two hour visit alone and a three hour visit alone.
My child isn’t fully toilet trained, will they be able to come to nursery?
Yes. We understand that all children are unique and are ready to take control of their health and self-care at different stages. We ask that you start the process before joining CHN and we will support development.
What is a ‘key person’?
A key person is a member of staff within the nursery who is allocated to your child. The key person will write observations and monitor your child’s development as well as plan next steps of development and ensure your child’s interest are incorporated into their learning.
My child has allergies. Will they be safe at Nursery?
Nursery should be informed of any allergies so contingency plans can be made to keep any allergens away from the child. We strive to ensure that every child is safe while at Nursery so we will prepare separate snacks and meals keeping in with the child’s diet. We order our lunches through the school caterers and they will provide an alternate meal if needed. We are adaptable to most situations so just let us know and we can adapt to your child’s needs.
Will my child wear a uniform to nursery? And, if so, where do I purchase it?
Yes. We have a blue polo shirt that is compulsory for Nursery children. There is the option to purchase a Nursery jumper or cardigan and children are welcome to attend in full uniform if you prefer. This will help them feel part of the school and also protects their everyday clothes as Nursery children engage in lots of messy play! Uniform can be purchased at Monkhouse in Cheadle Hulme. http://www.monkhouse.com/
What hours will my child be able to access nursery?
The nursery will operate between the hours of 7.30am and 6.30pm each day with an earlier close on Fridays of 6.00pm. There are a range of flexible options to suit working and non-working parents. We will not always be able to accommodate all requests but will do our best to meet your requirements. If you are using funded hours, either 15 or 30, these can be accommodated in a range of ways including longer days rather than just core nursery hours of 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Meals & Snacks
If my child is doing a half day would they get a meal or snack?
Children attending from 7.30am will be given breakfast and we will serve lunch at 12.00. All children will have access to fruit as a snack throughout the day. Children who are not attending the afternoon session and who are collected at 12.00 will not receive a lunch. There is a daily charge of £2.50 to cover lunch, however parents/carers can choose to bring a packed lunch. Please be aware we are a NUT FREE school.
I think I may be entitled to the 30 hour entitlement but I am not sure, how can I find out?
Parents can log onto https://www.childcarechoices.gov.ukor through the Childcare Calculator at https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator. If you are eligible for the 30 hours or for tax free childcare you will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply. Parents can apply for the 30 hours and tax free childcare at the same time via this system.
I am not sure how tax-free childcare works?
Working parents of children under 12 (or 17 if disabled), can use tax-free childcare. The Government will top-up the money that parents pay into the account. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add an extra £2. Parents can receive up to £2,000 per child per year or £4,000 if the child is disabled.
I have childcare vouchers can I use these and claim tax-free childcare?
Tax-free childcare is not available to parents in receipt of tax credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers. Parents in receipt of these can choose, as part of the childcare service application, whether they want to keep these benefits and apply for 30 hours free childcare only, or leave these and apply for Tax-free childcare as well as 30 hours free childcare.
My child is only entitled to the 15 hours free funding, do I apply for this in the same way?
No, parents do not need to apply through the digital service for the 15 hour funding. The Local Authority will be able to let you know if you are eligible.
If my child is 3 and I meet the criteria are they automatically able to get funding through this scheme?
No. Parents can only start claiming 30 hours the term following the date they receive a decision from HMRC and the term following their 3rdbirthday. Therefore, it is really important that parents apply as soon as possible.
What happens when I am approved?
You will receive an 11-digit eligibility code (beginning ‘500’). You need to provide us with this code along with your national insurance number and your child’s date of birth as soon as possible. We then have to verify the code through the Local Authority and the Local Authority then verify the code through the DfE’s (Department for Education) Eligibility Checking Service (ECS).
Please note that your child cannot take up their place until the code has been through this process and verified.
Once I receive my code does it last for as long as my child is in nursery?
No. Parents will be prompted every three months to confirm that they are still eligible for the funding. The Local Authority will audit eligibility 6 times per year to identify children who have fallen out of eligibility. They will inform us if your code is no longer valid due to not meeting the criteria. In this case there will be a ‘grace period’ whereby your child would retain their place, the length of this is determined by the ECS.
My child is already with a provider for their 30-hour entitlement. Am I able to split this funding across two providers?
Yes. If we can accommodate the sessions you require you are able to split this across a maximum of two sites. You would need to specify which setting is being classed as the one providing the 15 hour universal entitlement and which setting is delivering the extended 15 hours. If you cease to be eligible for the extended 15 hours then you may choose at that point which setting you would continue to take up your child’s universal 15 hours.
Can I use childcare vouchers to pay towards childcare?
Yes. The deadline for parents registering has been extended to October 2018. After this point they won’t accept any new applications for vouchers as it will move to tax-free childcare instead. If you are already registered or register before the October deadline we will be able to accept vouchers. We are currently in the process of registering as a provider for this.
I am on paid maternity/ paternity/adoption leave. Am I eligible for the 30 hours?
Yes. If you can demonstrate that you will either be on statutory leave or you will meet the minimum income criteria in the three months following your declaration to HMRC.