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For information on eligibility and help with the costs of childcare please click here

From September 2017 you may be eligible to receive extended hours funded childcare.  


What's new?

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.


30 hours Free childcare

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.


Who's eligible?

  • You are your partner must earn at least £120 a week on average.
  • If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
  • You won't be eligible if you or your partner earn £100,000 or more.


Where can I use the hours?

You can use your free hours at participating:

  • Nurseries and nursery classes
  • Playgroups and pre-school
  • Childminders
  • Sure Start Children's Centres


If your child will still be three on August 31, you can now apply for the scheme


Tax-free childcare


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.


Who's eligible?

  • If you and your partner each earn at least £120 a week
  • If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities


Who's not?

  • If you or your partner earn £100,000 or more
  • You cannot use your childcare vouchers at the same time. Working families are entitled to receive vouchers, depending on their earnings and when they join the scheme, from their employer. These won't be avaialble for new joiners after April 18.
  • You cannot claim if you are receiving working tax credits for childcare. People on tax credit can claim back up to 70 per cent of costs for childcare for youngsters under 16.


What can I spend the money on?

  • Registered childminders, nurseries and nannies
  • Registered after-school clubs and playschemes
  • Registered schools
  • Home careworkers working for a registered home care agency


For more information on both schemes and to check your eligibility please see the Childcare Choices website by clicking here.

30 Hours Extended Childcare

30 Hours Extended Childcare 1

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.


To explore images of our provision, please click here to access our gallery.

If you would like to apply for a nursery place, please click here.


What's Special About Pen Green Nursery?


Family Workers
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.


Home Visiting

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.


Pen Green Nursery Session


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.


Please click here for more information on the free entitlement.


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.


Flexible Drop-off

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

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.


Free Flow Play and Independent Learning


  • We believe that children are naturally curious about the world around them. Our nursery is a place where all children can follow their interests and lead their own learning. Staff will observe children closely, intervene when appropriate, and plan for future play possibilities.
  • The nursery is set up in workshop areas with resources at child height. Independently accessing resources allows children to become effective decision makers, enhancing their play and learning experiences. These opportunities are planned and based on children’s schematic interests and curiosities at nursery and home.
  • Children are based in one nursery (Den, Snug, Studio) but are able to move between each provision, accessing all of the available resources. Should they choose, children can also go outside in all weathers.


Planning, Observations and Documentation

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.

Observations at Pen Green can take the form of written narratives, photographs or video. Children are placed up for focus observations on a rotational basis. Observations are carried out by all the staff in the setting as this gives us and the family multiple perspectives of every child.
We encourage parents to share their observations of the children from home. This can  be during a chat, in written form, through photographs, video or Tapestry, an online learning journal.

Nursery Menus


Please click below to see the menus offered at lunchtime in the nursery

The Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families offers outstanding integrated early years services and education for the families of Corby.