Children are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education per week. In order to give families as much flexibility as possible Abbey Meadows can offer these hours in 4 different ways:
We can provide extra sessions at a cost of £4.50 per hour. We also offer a lunch club.
Children who are claiming free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds in Cambridgeshire and meet certain criteria, may be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
This is extra funding paid to early years providers to improve outcomes for these children.
Your child will be eligible if they are 3 or 4 years old and receiving free (Government funded) early years education with any Ofsted registered early years provider, and you are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits (these are the same criteria as free school meals):
or if they:
You can either apply online, or complete a funding application with your early years provider. We will send you a letter confirming whether your child is eligible. If you attend a local authority nursery school or class, you may complete a
“Count me in!” pupil premium form. Please contact the school office if you need assistance completing the form.
The amount is 53p per hour. It is directly linked to the number of free hours you are taking up at your early years/nursery provider. So if you claim 10 hours per week, the premium will be 10 x 53p (£5.30) per week. The EYPP is paid directly to your childcare provider as part of their normal funding claim.
Providers will use the money in ways they think will support your child’s learning and development. This should be informed by their understanding of your child’s needs and preferences.
Your child’s key person, as part of their ongoing communication, will continue to talk to you about your child’s time in the setting. The EYPP will be used to support your child’s learning and development.
Your provider may combine the EYPP payments for several children, or work with other providers, in order to fund specific activity or training.
Please note that the payment is made to the early years provider, and your child will have no automatic legal right to the equipment or resources, should they leave the setting.