Foundation Stage 1

Mrs Cawkwell – Mrs Beard – Mrs Eyre 

“Children make an exceptionally good start in the foundation unit because of the high quality learning environment and imaginative teaching.”

Ofsted 2012

Applications can be made at any time, for Foundation 1, although we do encourage parents/carers to register their child once they reach the age of two and a half years. Children enter Foundation 1 the term after their third birthday.

To register your child in Foundation 1 you will need to complete an application form which is also available at the school office or by clicking the link below.

We are more than happy to arrange a visit so you can look around the Foundation Stage Unit, talk to the staff and ask any questions you might have. Please contact the school office to arrange a convenient date and time.

Below are some details regarding free childcare entitlement:

15 and 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare.

The free early education and childcare:

  • must be with an approved childcare provider
  • stops when your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later)

15 hours free childcare

All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example.

You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

Contact your childcare provider or local council to find out more.

30 hours free childcare

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take).

If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts.

If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.

Eligibility

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wagefor 16 hours a week – this is £120 if you’re over 25

This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

You’re not eligible if:

  • your child doesn’t usually live with you
  • the child is your foster child
  • either you or your partner has a taxable incomeover £100,000

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.

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