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Pre school (3- 5yrs) Grant available

Our pre school room
We hope that the ‘pre-school’ environment that we have created will help to make the transition from nursery to school a gentle and positive experience for both you and your child. The pre – school children are based upstairs and have access to two rooms throughout their day at nursery. We can have up to 16 preschoolers with a ratio of 1:8.

The quiet room/library
This room provides a cushioned seating area with large comfy floor cushions, TV and DVD’s, music, board games and puzzles. The ‘cosy’ corner is filled with a wide variety of story and reference books to encourage your child to explore the world of language and literature. The children can also engage in constructive play including bricks, Lego, Duplo, interstar, popoids and brio mecano. The children can join in with table top games and puzzles, share within various floor play activities and work in pairs on our child friendly computer games. preschool Image

The early learning/home room
In here the children are provided with structured learning of reading, writing and numeracy. These activities are carried out to suit every child’s individual stage of development, through a wide range of activities each day, such as singing, games and stories. Activities are developed in groups or on a one-to-one basis with their key worker. This room also offers craft and messy opportunities such as, model making with play-dough, clay, cardboard, paper and glue; experimenting with sand and water, marbling, painting, baking as well as table top activities such as drawing, colouring, chalking, tracing, cutting and much more!

This room provides the children with an abundance of play opportunities through direct experience. The home corner is a haven for imaginative play such as dressing up, puppet shows, and role-play in our pretend shop, dental hospital, doctors, hairdressers and many more fantastic role play area ideas. The list of activities used at group times is endless but here is a selection of some of our regulars; news time, tumble tots, alphabet work, number work, singing, stories, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, patterns, shapes and colours.

We offer the Nursery Grant Scheme - all your questions answered !

What is the Nursery Education Grant?
Through the Nursery Education Grant the Government makes early education available for 3 and 4 year olds.

How do I apply for the Nursery Education Grant
The Nursery Education Grant is paid termly directly to registered childcare providers, they will claim the grant for your child. preschool Image

When will my child be eligible to receive the grant?
Children are eligible for Nursery Education Grant funding in the term following their third birthday. A child born betwen 1 April and 31 August will be eligible for the grant from the start of the Autumn term following their 3rd birthday. A child born between 1 September and 31 December will be eligible for the grant from the start of the spring term following their 3rd birthday. A child born between 1 January and 31 March will be eligible for the grant from the start of the summer term following their 3rd birthday.

For how many sessions will my child be funded?
Nursery Education Grant funding is for a maximum of five 2.5 hour sessions per week; for 38 weeks of the year.

Do all sessions have to be with the same provider?
No, the sessions can be used according to parental choice: they may be split between two providers.

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