Parents Information

Starting Nursery...

Choosing the right care for your child can be quite scary;

Leaving your child in the hands of strangers can be quite daunting;

You need to be certain that you are making the right choice.

We at Goldilocks Nursery, understand your emotions and feelings as we too have been in your shoes with our own children. We promise to give your children the care that we expected for our own children.

Your First Visit

Before your child joins us, we will meet you and show you around so you can see the nursery for yourself. We will answer all the questions you may have, and find out more about your child’s likes, dislikes, routines and personal preferences.

  • You need to know that your child is in a secure environment and that they will be safe in the care of someone else. You want to be sure that they will be nurtured and developed both educationally and socially.
  • We will also talk to you about our Safeguarding and Health & Safety policies to reassure you that your child is in the best hands.

Registering your child

Whatever your situation is, you’ll no doubt want to find out how soon your child can get started at nursery. Unlike schools, Goldilocks Nursery is not bound by termly intakes. All children are welcome to join us at any point in the year. Unless you’re applying for government funded nursery education grant to help pay for your child’s place, you don’t need to worry about any deadlines or cut off dates.

  • Please contact us for availability and book a show round. We will be delighted to show you around our provision so you can get an idea and feel of what Goldilocks Nursery is all about.
  • Once you have registered your child with us, we will arrange what we call, ‘settling-in sessions’. These sessions are completely free and provide your child with the opportunity to meet the team and their key person.

Settling in Sessions

The tranisition between home and Goldilocks Nursery normally requires a period of adjustment for children and parents. We allocate a minimum of two settling-in sessions to help children adjust gradually to the new environment, the staff and other children in their room.

  • Every child is allocated a key person. Our key person have a vital role to play in developing secure attachments with each family during settling in sessions and daily contact and nurturing close, trusting and supportive relationships.

We request parents to allocate 2 weeks (possibly 3 weeks) to allow the settling-in process to take place. No fees are charged during the settling-in sessions.

Fees & Funding

FEE OVERVIEW aged under 3 aged over 3
Full day 8AM TO 6PM * *
Mornings 9AM TO 1PM * *
Afternoons 1PM TO 5PM * *
Short Days 8.30AM TO 3.30PM * *
Early Start Session 7.30AM TO 8AM £4.00 £4.00
Additional Hour £7.00 £6.50
Deposit FEE* £75 £75

* No deposit fee is required for any children accessing FF2 funding.

Invoices are sent out on the 1st of each month via email. Fees are paid in advance, by the 5th day of each month. We accept payments from the following methods:

BACS Transfer  –   Debit or Credit Card  –  Tax-Free Childcare or Voucher Payments  –  Cash

HELP PAYING FOR YOUR CHILDCARE

Funding

3 year funding

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year. The Free nursery education sessions are 8am-1pm and 1pm-6pm. These spaces are offered to parents over 1 x full day & 1 x half day session. (Covid19 changes may apply).

Children become eligible for this funding the term after their 3rd birthday.

30 hours funding

From September 2017, the introduction of the 30 hours funding will commence.

We are please to be able to offer an extra 15 hours to ALL parents that meet the criteria, giving a total of 30 hours free childcare per week during term time.

Children become eligible for this funding the term after their 3rd birthday.

Please check your eligibility at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

2 year funding

We offer the 2 year old learning entitlement which enables eligible children to 15 hours of free early education during term time only. Children become eligible for this funding the term after their 2nd birthday.

The funding is allocated on a means tested basis by the Local Authority, with the aim of extending this entitlement to all 2 year olds in the future. If you are eligible for this funding you will receive a ‘Letter of Eligibility’ which will enable us to claim the free entitlement for your child.