The prime areas of development:
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
The specific areas of development:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Tapestry Electronic Journals
Seedlings is signed up with an online journal, which replaces the previous paper observations. The children are observed during their time in the nursery on the Tapestry electronic journal which provides:
- Instant access from the online account
- Parental feedback
- Progress reports (accessible on the desktop version)
- Documents, newsletters always available (desktop version)
- Photos and videos
- All your child’s folder in one place
Fee policy and free entitlement delivery
Fees are agreed in writing when parents receive confirmation letter of their child’s placement.
Fees are payable monthly for the month ahead. Invoices are itemised, issued and sent for 1st day of the month and are due by 6th day using Quickbooks software and according to the relevant Fee Structure
Any consequent changes will be agreed if attendance changes, or your child receives Free entitlement.
Section 1: Two Year old entitlement
Two year old entitlement
- We offer Two year old entitlement if parents have a letter of eligibility from Lewisham Local authority
- Any places are subject to availability
- Seedlings Day Nursery offers stretched entitlement to 12 months. This means that 570 hours a year is divided for 12 months, 47.5 hours/month. Parents are invoiced reflecting the free hours they receive and the additional hours that are charged for.
Section 2: All three- and four-year-old children (universal entitlement):
Seedlings Day Nursery will ask parents to find out what their entitlement is on Childcare choices
All children are entitled to 570 hours a year (15 hours/week for 38 weeks which is the length of the academic year), from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday, as set out below, until the child reaches compulsory school age (the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday).
A child born on or between:
• 1st January and 31st March – Free entitlement stats on 1st April: Summer term
• 1st April and 31st August – Free entitlement starts 1st September: Autumn term
• 1st September and 31st December – Free entitlement starts 1st January: Spring term
Seedlings Day Nursery offers entitlement stretched to 12 months. This means that 570 hours a year is divided for 12 months, 47.5 hours/month.
Parents are invoiced reflecting the free hours they receive and the additional hours that are charged for.
additional hours calculations:
2 days: 20*52 weeks = 1040/12 months=86.66-47.5=39.16
3 days: 30*52 weeks=1560/12 months=130-47.5=82.50
4 days: 40*52 weeks=2080/12 months=173.33-47.5=125.83
5 days: 50*52 weeks=2600/12 months=216.66-47.5=169.16
If a child leaves for another setting mid-term they need to confirm whether they can carry over some weeks of entitlement to the new setting.
Section 3: Three and four-year-old children of working parents (extended entitlement):
A child will be entitled to the additional free hours from the term after both of the following conditions are satisfied:
- The child has attained the age of three;
- The child’s parent has a current positive determination of eligibility from HMRC.
Eligibility for the additional free hours is determined by HMRC through an online application.
The eligibility criteria for the additional hours are set out below:
A child is entitled to extended entitlement early years provision if the child has attained the age of three, is under compulsory school age and the child’s parent(s) meets the eligibility criteria set out below:
- The parent of the child (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work;
- The parent of the child (and their partner where applicable) should also be in qualifying paid work. The definition of qualifying paid work is set out at regulation 5. Each parent or the single parent in a lone parent household will need to expect to earn the equivalent of 16 hours at the national living wage or their national minimum wage rate over the forthcoming quarter;
- Where one or both parents are in receipt of benefits in connection with sickness or parenting, they are treated as though they are in paid work;
- Where one parent (in a couple household) is in receipt or could be entitled to be in receipt of specific benefits related to caring, incapacity for work or limited capability for work that they are treated as though they are in paid work;
- Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months in order to qualify for the extended entitlement.
- If either or both parents’ income exceeds £100,000 they will not be eligible for the extended entitlement.
The extended entitlement is for 1140 hours a year (30 hours/week for 38 weeks which is the length of the academic year), from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday, as set out previously, until the child reaches compulsory school age (the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday).
Seedlings Day Nursery offers stretched entitlement to 12 months. This means that 1140 hours a year is divided for 12 months, 95 hours/month.
- 2 days placement is not available minimum attendance 3 days
- For eligible children who attend 3, 4 or 5 days we are able to offer funding for 30 hours.
Parents are invoiced reflecting the free hours they receive and the additional hours that are charged for. Additional hours cover school holidays and additional hours during the week.
additional hours calculations:
3 days: 30*52 weeks=1560/12 months=130-95=35
4 days: 40*52 weeks=2080/12 months=173.33-95=78.33
5 days: 50*52 weeks=2600/12 months=216.66-95=121.66
Seedlings Day Nursery will make every effort to remind parents to refresh their eligibility every term based on information on Lewisham Free Entitlement Portal.
Seedlings Day Nursery will make every effort to collect all necessary and accurate information before the deadline.
- Eligibility code
- Parents’ NI number
- Parent declaration form completed
- ID document provided
If parents do not provide all the necessary information in a timely manner , they risk losing the extended funding and will only receive the universal funding.