Nursery (F1)

Welcome to Nursery (F1)

At Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) we offer all 3 and 4 year olds 15 hours of early education a week, 3 hours a day. However, some children may be eligible to have 30 hours a week with us.

To find out if you are eligible for the 30-hour funding and apply for the funding please click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds

Who will look after my child?

For every 13 children that we have in Nursery, we have at least one member of staff, often more. This ratio means that the staff develop good relationships and know every unique child in their care.

When you accept a place at OSPA Pre-School, your child will be allocated a key worker. This is the member of staff that will be working closely with your child, assessing their progress and planning their next steps. The key worker is there to help your child feel safe and secure and will be an accessible and available point of contact on a daily basis. In some instances, your child’s key worker may change as they may have built a close relationship with a different member of staff. These changes are always a result of your child’s best interests.

 

What will my child do for three hours?

In the Early Years, children learn best through play and first-hand experiences. We believe it is important for children to learn through a combination of adult-led and child-initiated activities. During adult-led activities, staff will teach new ideas and concepts, the children are then given time to practise and apply the skills in their play. We set up the environment with careful thought about every child’s needs, interests and stages of development. We have skilled staff that interact with the children, extend their play ideas and challenge their thinking.

Your child will be assessed through on-going observations of their play and adult-led activities. This information is then uploaded to an online facility called ‘Tapestry’ which provides a learning journey for their progress and achievements. You will also be able to access Tapestry and we encourage your full involvement.

For more information, please see the Curriculum section.

I am interested, what do I do next?

All children are eligible for 15 hours per week in the term after their 3rd birthday. Dependent on circumstances, you may be entitled to an additional 15 hours, making your child’s entitlement 30 hours per week. Please use the link above to find out if your child is eligible for 30-hour funding. If they are you need to apply for the funding via the online government website.

Please be aware that in order for your child to receive the 30-hour entitlement, you must apply for each term within the following time scales:

Term Date Range
Spring Term 1st September – 31st December
Summer Term 1st January – 31st March
Autumn Term 1st April – 31st August

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that the entitlement is renewed. The academy has the right to reduce the place to 15 hours should the entitlement lapse.

Please contact the office and we will arrange to show you around and introduce you to the staff. We also offer a home visit and a stay and play session to help us begin to build relationships with you and your child. Once you have visited and completed any paperwork, your child will be able to start.