All of us learn throughout our lives. It starts from the day we are born. It is now recognised that the early years of life are the most important for learning. That’s when the foundations for the future are laid, and when we begin moving down the path that will take us through childhood, the teenage years and ultimately into adulthood.

No one factor is the key to enhancing child cognitive and behavioural outcomes in the long term. It is the combination of experiences over time that matters:

  • A good early years home learning environment; 
  • A good quality pre-school; and 
  • A more effective primary school. 

A child who has all three of these experiences is more likely to show improved cognitive and social outcomes compared with children that have two, one or none of these experiences.

At Bignold Primary School we believe that we can offer both good quality pre-school education with our Bignold Butterflies two year olds provision, high quality nursery provision for three and four year olds and then ultimately through our main school right up to Year 6 when they move on to secondary school.

We would be delighted to see parents choose Bignold for their child’s educational journey from two years old until 11 years old.

Bignold Nursery (Fireflies)

Bignold nursery is a maintained nursery for 3 and 4 year olds, running a morning session and afternoon session daily in term time for 3 hours per session. 

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to universal 15 hours a week of funding to access an early year’s provision for 38 weeks a year (an additional 15 hours a week is available from September 2017 for eligible families). Funding is available from the term following a child’s third birthday until they reach compulsory school age. 

 

 A child born in the period: Will become eligible for a free place from:
 1st April to 31st August
1st September following child’s third birthday (Autumn term)
 1st September to 31st December 1st January following child’s third birthday (Spring term)
 1st January to 31st March 1st April following child’s third birthday (Summer term)


At Bignold Nursery we offer places to children for a maximum of 15 hours a week. This is all funded through the free entitlement so will not cost parents anything. As per the Local Authority Funding Agreement funding entitlement can be split with another early year’s provision. We do not currently offer more than 15 hours a week to a child claiming the universal 15 hours but this will be reviewed for January 2018.

In order to claim the funding at the Nursery the parent/carer is required to complete a parent/carer claim form once a term. This will be organised by the school.

Amendment to the Policy for September to December 2017: Additional 15 hours for working parents (30 hours funding):

Bignold Primary School Nursery is in the process of increasing its provision to offer an additional 24 30-hour places for 3 and 4 year old in January 2017. In order to aid this transition period we have agreed to offer from September 2017 a limited number of 30 hours places to existing Fireflies nursery children (existing children are those in fireflies up to July 2017 and continuing in September 2017. It does not include any new children joining in September 2017). Addition of hours will be discussed and allocated on an individual bases and if demand exceeds availability then families will be picked at random until sufficient spaces become available.

These additional hours are only available to eligible parents. In order for parents to access this funding they are required to prove their eligibility themselves by applying using the DfE website (Digital Childcare Service). They will then bring this code, beginning with 5000, into Nursery along with both parents’ national insurance numbers and the child’s birth certificate to enable to school to confirm eligibility and use the code to access the funding.

Eligibility will be checked by the school 6 times per year and if a child is no longer eligible for the additional funding the notice period as per the DfE guidance will be applied.

As it is a temporary arrangement for the transition period we are only able to provide 30 hours a week with no additional hours offered. These hours will be used between 8.30am and 3.30pm each day when the setting is open and will be organised with each family individually. All families must provide their child with a packed lunch from home if they are staying during the lunch period.

This policy will be reviewed again in September to incorporate our extended offer of the new provision for 30 hours funding. This amendment will then be changed to represent the full offer available for those parents entitled to 30 hours funding.


Butterflies Pre-school

Butterflies Pre-School is a new provision at Bignold for 2 year olds, again available from the term after a child’s second birthday. Unlike the nursery it is run as a separate financial venture meaning it is not funded by the school’s budget so has to be financially viable.

Funding is now available for some 2 year olds to access 15 hours a week free entitlement to early year’s provision.

You may be eligible for funding if you meet the following criteria:

Your family is in receipt of:

  • Income Support Benefit 
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) 
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit 
  • Child Tax Credit 
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 
  • Universal Credit (from October 2013) 
  • Working Tax Credit (with an annual income below £16,190) 

Or your child:

  • Has a current statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan 
  • Attracts Disability Living Allowance 
  • Is looked after by the Local Authority 
  • Is adopted from care (through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order)
  • It is easy to check is you are eligible and this along with more information can be found here.

At Butterflies Pre-School we offer both funded and non-funded places. Again we offer morning or afternoon session of 3 hours per day during term time totalling 15 hours a week, which is the maximum we offer any one child.

Ideally we would like to offer children access to the maximum 15 hours a week either through all mornings or all afternoons, but in order to remain flexible we will offer a reduced week for a minimum of 2 sessions a week, as long as places are available. Please indicate your preference on the form to request a place or speak to the Butterflies Manager about your individual needs. 

For those not entitled to the free 2 year old funding each 3 hour session will be charged at £11. For children attending 5 sessions a week a reduction will be applied making the weekly charge £50 instead of £55. For changes to sessions we will endeavour to meet your family’s needs but this will be subject to availability. For a reduction in the number of sessions your child attends then charges may be required for a four week period until the place is filled.  

Payment/Invoices

For children who are entitled to free two year old funding a form is required to be completed by parent/carers when your place is allocated to access the funding for Butterflies, this includes the provision of the eligibility code. This will be organised by the school. If a form is not completed within a half term then the parent/carer will be required to pay for the sessions already attended.

Where children use Butterflies Pre-School and are not eligible for the free funding then a charge of £11 per session will be required. We require the full half terms payment before a child can access their place, to allow us to secure the correct staffing ratios.  

An invoice will be issued up to two weeks before the start of a half term giving parents time to make the required payment for their child to be able to attend after the holiday. 

Payment can be by bacs transfer straight into the Butterflies bank account, cheque, or childcare vouchers, which working parents can request via their employer. More information can be obtained from https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/childcare-and-early-learning/childcare-advice-and-guidance/paying-for-childcare/childcare-vouchers

If you wanted to set up childcare vouchers then please come and see the Finance Officer.

The details required to make a bank payment will be sent to parents with their first invoice. We are also in the process of setting up the new government scheme of tax-free childcare. Once this has been registered you will also be able to pay using this method.

Charges will still be applicable for children who are absent due to sickness or holidays. They will also be applicable for sessions when the pre-school is unable to open due to exceptional circumstances beyond our control e.g. extreme weather. This is due to having to cover the costs related to staffing, premises etc. 

If payment is not made by the start of the term a reminder will be sent. Following a second reminder the child will be unable to attend the pre-school until the payment is received and their place will be regrettably withdrawn within a week of non-payment. 

If any issues arise regarding payment please speak to the Finance Officer where we will look to support you wherever possible in finding a payment plan which is suitable for you and the school.  


Notice Period

If you no longer require a place at Bignold Nursery and Butterflies Pre-School a four week notice period, in writing, is required. This is to enable us to process and fill the vacancy. If a parent is accessing a funded place and moves to another early year’s provision then they will not be able to access the free funding for this new provision during the 4 week notice period as a child cannot be double funded. 

Late Collection Charge

If you are over 10 minutes late to pick up your child from Bignold Butterflies then a charge of £10 will be applied. Please phone the school to notify us of any situations where you are unavoidably late.  

Admissions

Both Bignold Nursery and Butterflies Pre-School offer admissions in line with the Norfolk County Council Admissions. Admission of places is allocated as follows: 

1. Has a statement of special education needs naming the school

2. Are in public care or have been adopted

3. Live within catchment area and with a sibling who is already in the school at the time of admission

4. Live within the catchment area

5. Live outside the catchment area but already have a sibling in the school at the time of admissions

6. Live outside the catchment area but are a child of a member of staff working in the school for more than 2 years

7. Live outside the catchment area

For Butterflies Pre-School this will also be dependent on the availability of the desired sessions and the allocation of funded and non-funded places. We will try wherever possible to accommodate families’ requests for different sessions.

In order to request a place a form needs to be completed which is available from the school office or on the school website. The child will then be added to the waiting list and places allocated as per the admissions policy.  

Butterflies Pre-School, the Nursery (Fireflies) and the main school have separate admissions arrangements. Therefore a child having a place at one setting does not automatically mean they will be admitted to the next setting. Each place will need to be applied for following the correct admission procedure. Information on this can be obtained from the school office or the setting.  


Setting Closures

Both Bignold Nursery and Butterflies Pre-School runs during term time only from 8.30-11.30 and 12.30-3.30 (38 weeks a year). It is therefore closed at weekends, during school holidays, bank holidays and teacher training days. 

The setting may be required to close during term time but only in exceptional circumstances beyond our control such as extreme weather, unavoidable staff sickness, damage to premises etc. We will give as much notice of these situations as possible. 


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