We are consulting on lowering the age range of children who attend our school from 3-4 years old to 2-4 years old. This is because Pre-school Learning Alliance who own Strong Close Day Nursery has closed the day nursery. As a school we want to be able to
offer parents 2-year-old provision, so we are proposing to lower the age range we can offer places from September 2018.
Not every child is eligible for a funded ‘Early Education for Two Year Olds’. The eligibility criteria have been set by the government, not the school. Places at our proposed two-year-old nursery would be available to the following children:
Whose parents are in receipt of an income-related benefit, which are:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit*
- Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
- they’re looked after by a Local Authority
- they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
- they get Disability Living Allowance
- they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
This development will support the children and families within the local area with a focus on disadvantaged two year olds who are less likely to have experienced play and learning opportunities outside the home, and might fail to achieve their full potential.
We can anticipate a significant gap between their outcomes and those of their less disadvantaged peer groups.
Early Education for two year olds seeks to redress some of that imbalance. Research has shown that access to quality early education improves children’s outcomes and this provision forms the significant part of early education for two year olds.
There is strong evidence that early education makes a positive difference to young children. The ‘Effective Provision of Pre-school Education’ study found that high quality early education has particularly strong impacts on the cognitive and social development
of disadvantaged children, and that these benefits last throughout primary school.
We would also look at providing other flexible offers of care to children who may not be eligible for a funded place, in line with our business plan.
This survey is to gain your views and comments about this proposal as part of the overall consultation. We will also be informing the local community and other stakeholders in the area, and seeking their views.
The consultation process will began Friday 4th May and continues until Friday 25th May after which a full analysis and report with recommendations will be made to the Council’s Executive Committee for a decision to be made.
Please follow the link to answer the on-line survey
Acting Executive Headteacher