Free Early Learning Education Entitlement
From September 2013, some 2 year olds are entitled to a free 15 hour place if they live in Southwark and meet the following criteria:
- – In receipt of Income Support
- – In receipt of Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- – In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance
- – Receives support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- – Receives guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- – Receives Child Tax Credit (with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) and are not in receipt of Working Tax Credits (except during the four week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week)
- – Have children who are looked after by the local authority or adopted
For more information, please click here: 2 yr Free early education entitlement”
Admission into 3 – 5 year old nursery education provision.
If a child is not already at the Nursery, he or she may be placed on the waiting list at the age of 2 years by completing an application form. Admission into the nursery school section is from the age of three. Children who reside in the London Borough of Southwark are given priority over those who are outside the borough. Applications are assessed by the headteacher, who offers places with particular consideration given to:
1. Looked-after or adopted children
2. Children who are subject to a child protection plan
3. Children subject to a child in need plan
4. Children with educational, medical or social need supported by professional documentation (CAF)
5. Children attending the two year old free early learning provision at Kintore Way
6. Children attending the day-care provision at Kintore Way
7. Children who will have a sibling attending the nursery at the time of entry
8. Children living nearest the nursery and resident in the reach area
9. Children of an appropriate age to ensure a balance of places across the age range and a balance of boys and girls
For children who are cared for by a local authority registered childminder, families can opt to have the distance between their childminder’s home and the Nursery measured, rather than their home address.
All children are eligible for 15 hours free nursery entitlement the term after their third birthday.
In exceptional circumstances funding will be provided by Southwark for a child to attend for five full days a week, in which case funding will be provided for 30 hours per week.
This will only apply if:
- – a child is subject to a Child in Need Plan or Child Protection Plan AND Children’s Social Care and the school/setting agree that it is in the best interests of the child that they attend for five full days a week, or
- – the school has identified through a CAF that a child is likely to be at risk of needing a safeguarding referral unless additional hours are provided.
Free early education extended entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds :
From September 2017, the government increased the universal funded entitlement for children aged 3 and 4 years old to 30 hours per week for working families. Parents will need to meet specific eligibility criteria to qualify for this entitlement. This extended entitlement will provide an additional 15 hours per week on top of the universal entitlement of 15 hours per week for all 3 and 4 year olds.
In order to check if you are eligible and apply for the 30 hour code, please click on the link below:
Additional hours and ‘top up’
If parents require additional hours outside of the free 15 hours entitlement these can be provided at an additional cost. This is sometimes referred to as ‘top up’. The aim of providing this service is to support working or studying families.
Additional hours outside of the free entitlement will be allocated under the following criteria:
1. Children with a Local Authority funded place
2. Children who have attended Kintore Way’s day-care provision whose parents are working or studying
3. Families working and in receipt of working tax credit
4. Both parents/single parent family in full-time work
5. Both parents/single parent family studying with a funded childcare place
6. One parent in full-time work
7. One parent studying with a funded childcare place
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
All Children receive their free 15 hours entitlement.
The Local Authority provides 15 hours of funding for children who require one to one support through the statutory assessment process. The maximum funding the nursery can receive for a child’s Statement of Educational Needs in nursery provision is 15 hours.
The Local Authority does not provide funding for additional hours outside of the free entitlement. Therefore there is currently no Local Authority funded provision for one to one support, outside of the free 15 hours entitlement.
Additional support can be provided at cost.