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From September 2017 you may be eligible to receive extended hours funded childcare.
Currently, all families in England are entitled to some level of free childcare a week.
All families with three and four year old children can received 15 hours free childcare or early education a week. Families receiving support (JSA, income support, or tax credits) with children aged two are entitled to 15 hours.
The new schemes are both aimed at families where parents work. From September, you can now receive twice as many hours for children aged under 4. And you can receive £2 for every £8 you spend on childcare in the Government's tax-free scheme.
Working families with children aged three or four can now get 30 hours free childcare a week. This is 570 extra hours a year – 1,140 hours in total.
You can use your free hours at participating:
This is for all working families, including self-employed, with children under 12. If your child will still be under four years old on August 31, you can now apply for this scheme.
The online service will see you receive a government top-up of £2 for every £8 you pay into your Tax-Free Childcare account – up to a cap of £2,000 per child. All parents of disabled children (under 17 years old) can also apply for Tax-Free Childcare.
If you would like to book a tour of our outstanding centre and nursery spaces, please call us on 01536 400068.
Pen Green’s maintained nursery school provision offers outstanding early education and care for children aged 3 and 4. We have three 40 place nursery schools on-site, respectively known as:
We are open Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm, 48 weeks a year.
We also run a Community Nursery in Kingswood, Alberta Close, Corby NN18 9HU.
This Nursery is open term time only 9-12 and 12.30-3.30.
Further information and applications can be obtained by calling 01536 747508 or contact us.
Every child in the setting has a special person called a Family Worker. Family Workers are your child's advocate at Pen Green. They ensure that each child's emotional and developmental needs are consistently being met. They keep beautiful records of children's achievements, as well as their progress against the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
Parents are their children’s first educators, so we work in partnership with families to build on their detailed knowledge of their child's interests. This helps us to extend children's learning and play, giving them the best possible learning experience. Home visiting is one of the ways we build strong links with every family. This helps us to better understand and support each unique child.
Qualified and Reflective Staff
Our staff are highly qualified practitioners which we believe enhances the learning environment for children. In addition to experienced head teachers working across the whole provision, each nursery space has their own teacher who leads on pedagogy. All family workers have a minimum Level 3 qualification, with most holding a BA degree or higher. We also offer all staff continuous professional development opportunities through our on-site Research Base. This is an opportunity to continually develop our practice and reflect on ways of working.
Truly Outstanding Provision
We offer children and families a unique nursery experience. We have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted in every inspection. Children attending nursery benefit from a range of exciting environments such as the Discovery Area, The Beach, Soft Play Room and Forest School.
In the UK, all children aged 3 and 4 are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery funding a week. This national funding scheme is payable to all early years providers including registered childminders. Families at Pen Green nursery usually take their entitlement over 5 morning or afternoon sessions from Monday to Friday.
Pen Green also offers families the option of additional wrap around care before, between and after the two daily nursery sessions. We will always try to work with the needs of the family and support them as best we can.
Each session consists of a flexible drop-off, free flow play session and finishes with Family Time.
We believe it is really important to regularly communicate with families. When your child comes into nursery staff are always available for a quick chat.
Free Flow Play
During the free flow part of the session children have access to all resources in nursery, and are given autonomy over what activities they undertake.
Family Time is spent with the Family Worker and other children in the Family Group. It can involve a number of planned activities, such as a telling a story or signing a song.
During free flow play, children can help themselves to a healthy snack in the Snack Area, where they are supported by a member of the team. The Snack Worker will also take snacks outside for the children playing in the garden areas, to minimise the interruption to play.
Every child in the provision has their own 'Celebration of my Achievements' file. This document is produced by their family worker. Each worker has non-contact time on a weekly basis to document children’s learning and development. The whole team meet on a weekly basis to plan experiences for the children.
Please click below to see the menus offered at lunchtime in the nursery