At Holy Trinity Nursery we pride ourselves on offering caring and nurturing environments for the children in our nurseries. We appreciate the challenges faced by parents to leave their children at nursery, and we have used our own experiences to ensure our nurseries are clean, safe and welcoming.
The holistic care of children at nursery is largely dependent on a good relationship and communication between nursery staff and parents. Therefore, we endeavour to work in partnership with parents and keep them informed of all aspects of their child’s wellbeing and progress at nursery. Our Nursery staff operate an open door policy and are always happy to talk with parents regarding any issues or concerns.
We are very pleased that from 1st March 2017 we now have the facilities and staff in place to accommodate 2 year olds in our NEW toddler room. Initially, we will be offering free childcare for two year olds on the government 24U funding scheme and have 16 places available (8 in the morning and 8 in the afternoon).
Our Nursery is based at the side of the school we can easily be accessed from the main road. We take children from two years until they leave for school after their fourth birthday – many go directly into the school we are based in, friends they make in our nursery could be friends for life.
Children are welcomed into our bright and airy entrance where they can store their belongings on their personal coat peg and bag hook. Parents can view the day board to see what the children have been upto and there is a large notice board with staff photographs, menus and all our legal bits and pieces.
We have 2 main rooms at Holy Trinity Nursery. The largest room for pre-school children aged 3 & 4 is full of educational and exciting things to choose from; from jigsaw puzzles to Lego to having fun with Bob the Builder on our web safe PCs, the children have the freedom to self-select. The children also have access to a wide range of painting, sand, water and other art materials. There is a reading corner and here the children can snuggle up on large soft rugs and bean bags while looking at and reading a variety of books both on their own (while still supervised) for some quiet time and with our members of staff. We’ve even been known to do a bit of baking, sending your child home with a delicious cake or freshly baked bread roll for your tea. We also have morning and afternoon snacks available with milk or water and fresh fruit and veg on hand to help fuel their imaginations.
The NEW toddler room for 2 year olds is just next door to the main room which is set up with the children’s age and range of development in mind and the focus will be to enable them to explore, develop, learn and create in a way that is right for them. At Holy Trinity Nursery our staff will ensure that they know each child through talking to parents, playing with the children and plan activities that will engage and interest each child, extend their skills and experience, and of course, make sure they have fun!
As toddlers become pre-schoolers we respond with a focus on self-managed activities as part of day-to-day play, such as dressing up, ‘cooking’ in the play kitchen and developing their independence skills. Messy play, hide and seek and memory games in the pre-school are also introduced. Safely managed and supervised, such activities nevertheless encourage respect, co-operation and personal choice and of course, they’re lots and lots of fun!
So, who is eligible for the free childcare for two year olds?
1. Families who are in receipt of one or more of the identified benefits below:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HMRC) that does not exceed £16,190.
If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible for this funding.
2. Looked After Children (LAC).
When will my child be eligible?
If your family meets the criteria above you are entitled to the free place from the term following your child’s second birthday.
- If your child was born between 1 January and 31 March you are entitled to the place from the Summer term (after Easter).
- If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August you are entitled to the place from the Autumn term (September).
- If your child was born between 1 September and 31 December you are entitled to the place from the Spring term (January).
How do I apply?
All you will need to do is complete an application form – available from the school office, we will then forward your form onto Shropshire Council who will carry out an eligibility check for you. By simply providing your ‘name’, ‘date of birth’, and ‘national insurance number’ they will be able to tell you if you are eligible to apply for a place.
When this information has been received and checked, if you are eligible, they will issue a funding approval letter which you can then bring back to us and discuss your choice and make arrangements for your child to start if we have a place available.