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Information and Safeguarding Policy 

Early years universal funding is available to all children from the term after your child's third birthday (15 hours per week). Two year old funding is available to families who meet specific criteria or who have Special Educational Needs or Disability.
SESSIONS; (from Sept 19)

    * 8.45 am to 11.45 am 

    * 12.15 am to 3.15 pm 

    * 8.45 am to 3.15 pm

Prices from September 19;

  • £17.50 for 3 hour sessions 
  • £40.00 for full day sessions (6.5 hours) lunch time is charged at £5.00. 
  • Funded sessions can only be taken as full days or afternoons.
  • Children meeting the criteria set out by the DfE may receive 30 hours per week of Government subsidised funding. We can offer this to a limited number of children as the funding is lower than the actual cost of providing the place. Please ask for further details.

Minimum attendance is 2 sessions per week. This is because children often find it very difficult to settle if they only attend one session a week. To secure a place, a booking fee of £10 is required.

Children who stay all day bring a packed lunch. Please see our lunch policy for details of what can be included.

The Two Year Old Progress Check

We are required to carry out a progress check on each child between their 2nd and 3rd birthday. At Acorns the check is carried out jointly between parents, the child's key person and the manager. We aim to assess what children can do and what they are good at, as well as identifying any areas in which there may be concerns or in which they may need additional support or experiences, so that these can be addressed and appropriately supported, as early as possible. The checks are done as part of the normal daily observations, include parents' and any other professionals' views, and where possible, take into account the child's own view of their learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the statutory guidance and curriculum which children in early years settings follow from birth to the end of their reception year in school. This is followed to ensure that children's health, safety, welfare and learning and development needs are met. Please see any member of staff for further information about the EYFS.

Safeguarding; We are committed to ensuring the physical and emotional safety and welfare of all our children. We believe that protecting children is everyone's responsibility. Our Safeguarding Policy (below) sets out the steps we take to keep children safe and what we will do if we have any concerns. All parents are advised to read the policy below. We also have a copy of the Government document 'What to do if you are worried that a child is being abused' which is available at all times next to the parents' notice board, to advise anyone with concerns over children's safety.

"The well-being of children and families is at the heart of the setting. Families and children have made very strong attachments to staff, who understand their backgrounds and children's unique characteristics. Families feel very supported by staff and children's emotional well-being is a high priority."     Ofsted May 16