Paws Nursery operates equal opportunities to all students. The Nursery is open to children aged 2 - 5 yrs. A range of sessions is available, with various options possible, combining grant-funded with non-funded sessions, and/or midday sessions including a lunch period, to extend regular sessions or cater for full days.
The Nursery is registered to accept Government funding for children aged 3 + yrs through the local Nursery Grants scheme. We also accept children receiving the Government funding for 2 year olds. Please enquire for details.
The Nursery is registered and inspected by OFSTED to ensure high standards of care & quality of education are maintained. Inspection Reports are available on request. OFSTED Parent Helpline available for further info : 0845 6014771
The Nursery usually operates a 39 week year, spread over three terms, and generally follows the local school calendar as set out by the local education authority.
Nursery funding is available for 38 weeks of the year; therefore, for those children in receipt of nursery grant, there would be fees payable for any days or weeks in excess of 38.
Usually, local authority funding is allocated for 14 weeks in the Autumn Term, 12 weeks in the Spring Term, and 12 weeks in the Summer Term.
If the Paws Nursery term exceeds the number of grant funded weeks, fees are payable for the extra days beyond the 12 or 14 week period if parents wish to send a grant-funded child for these days over and above the grant funded period.
Please ask the Paws manager if you have any questions about this.
Autumn Term : Wed 4 Sept – Fri 20 Dec inclusive (Half term : Mon 28 Oct – Fri 1 Nov)
Spring Term : Mon 6 Jan – Fri 3 April inclusive (Half term : Mon 17 Feb – Friday 21 Feb)
Summer Term : Tues 20 Apr – Fri 17 Jul inclusive (Half term : Mon 25 May – Fri 29 May)
Session times, Combinations and Fees
Morning session : 9:00 – 12:00 (these sessions qualify for grant funding)
"Lunch Club" : 12:00 – 12:30 (optional – does not qualify for grant funding)
Afternoon session : 12:30 – 15:30 (these qualify for grant funding)
Children can attend any combination of sessions available, attending half days or full days from 9:00 – 15:30 if lunch clubs are booked to "bridge" the morning and afternoon sessions. They may also attend mornings or
afternoons, plus the lunch club, for example : 9:00 - 12:30 or 12:00 - 15:30
Ages 3 – 5
• Up to 5 sessions per week are funded by nursery grant so no fees payable. Up to an additional 5 sessions may be funded for eligible working parents.
• Sessions in excess of 5 per week are charged at £17 per session
Ages 2-3 :
£17 per session (2 year old funding may be available to eligible parents).
The total for the term is simply the total number of fee-paying sessions per term. Fees are payable termly, in advance, with the total amount varying according to the length of the term (eg Autumn Term is always much longer than Spring or Summer Terms). Invoices clearly show all charges.
"Lunch Club" sessions are not funded by nursery grant and are charged at £3 per session, paid termly with fees for morning and/or afternoon sessions.
For children not in receipt of nursery grant, one term’s written notice is required before withdrawing a child from the Nursery, or dropping sessions, or one term’s fees in lieu of notice for withdrawal, or in lieu of dropping sessions, equivalent to the number of sessions dropped.
Fees paid cannot be reimbursed in case of emergency closures due to severe weather, area or localized utility provision failure or pandemic illness amongst staff or pupils.
Paws Nursery operates an anti-discriminatory practice. Applications are invited for ALL children, welcoming racial, cultural and religious diversity. The Nursery works with the local Social Services and Education Authority in order to be able to cater for children with Special Needs.
You are invited to visit the Nursery by appointment prior to completing an Application Form. Once the Application Form has been received, your child’s name will be put on the Entry List for the appropriate date, and a registration fee of £25 will be payable if the sessions are non-grant funded.
We are currently WAIVING the registration fee. No registration fee is applied if your child is eligible for nursery grant for all of the sessions requested. At this time, you will be given further information, including the “Handbook for Parents”, and details of pre-start visits, if appropriate.