30 hour funding
Presently children (3-5’s) accessing the 30 hour funding are able to do this at Jack and Jill Day Nursery by using up to a maximum of 10 hours a day. However, providers can allocate the funding over the week to maximise the benefits both to parents and to the Nursery. Therefore, the Directors have decided that Little Smarties Nursery will offering the 30 hour funding for a maximum of 6 hours per day.
Those 3-5’s already accessing the 30 hour funding on the old 10 hours a day rate will have to remain on this rate because it is spread over 4 months (January, February, March and April) and we have already claimed for the Spring term from Essex County Council.
Children who will be accessing the 30 hour funding as of the summer term (i.e. children who have their 3rd birthday in the spring term will start on the new 6 hour a day rate.
Those continuing on the old 30 hour funding will follow the old 10 hour a day date through the summer term.
All children from September 2018 will be accessing the 6 hour a day rate only. This of course will mean some parents who were able to access 30 hours over 3 days will from September only be able to access 18 hours over 3 days.
*When children are funded no other discounts apply except for children attending 5 days a week (full timers). See meal cost exemption.
Cost of meals
All children accessing funding both 15 – 30 hours will be charged £5.50 to go towards the cost of meals per day an increase of 75p. This again is an appropriate cost that we feel will reflect the excellent menu that is provided for the children.
Those funded children attending 5 days per week will not be charged for meals for a holiday period of 2 weeks at their request.
Holiday discount for under 3’s
Will only be applicable for children who attend 5 days a week and this will be kept the same as at present, 50% off over a week period, if given notice in advance.
Second child discount
This will only be applicable if both children attend more than 3 days per week. A discount of 5% will be deducted from the oldest child’s monthly invoice*
To make calculations easier all existing staff discounts will now be at 50% of the daily session rate.
All new staff discount will be entitled to a 20% discount per child attending the Nursery.