We are holding a Nursery meeting for September 2017 intake. Any questions can be asked at this meeting regarding 30 hours.
We are extremely excited to be expanding our nursery provision to enable parents to access the 30 hours free childcare at Kimpton.
From September, we will be continuing with our usual morning sessions to provide the 15 hours universal provision but will also be offering afternoon sessions for anyone who is interested. This will take many forms, depending on your eligibility as well as your need. Please do read the information below and call the school office if you have any further questions.
We look forward to welcoming your child into our school setting.
The New 30 hours Free Childcare for 3 and 4 Year Olds
From September 2017 the 15 hours free state nursery provision, that you, as a parent, get 38 weeks a year, will now rise to 30 hours for working parents of 3 to 4 year olds in England. In theory, you can spread this free childcare entitlement over further weeks of the year, but this will mean that you’ll get fewer than 30 hours free childcare each week and is not a service that Kimpton Primary School can provide as we are only open during term time.
Who is Eligible?
The idea behind the 30 hours provision is to support parents who work, as well as encourage parents back into work. For this reason, the vast majority of parents who work will qualify for the extra 15 hours.
To find out if you are eligible for the 30 hours provision, please read:
30 Hours Provision at Kimpton Primary School’s Nursery
Since the school began, Kimpton have offered a morning only nursery provision, catering for the 15 hour entitlement. As a school we have a PAN (Published Admission Number) of 26 and so we are able to cater for 26 children in the mornings and afternoons.
Our mornings will continue to run for all, including the 15 hour current entitlement. This will continue at the normal timings of 8:45am until 11:45am.
For parents wishing to take up the 30 hour provision, the start time will be the same, 8:45am and will finish at 2:45pm (6 hours per day over 5 days).
If I am not eligible?
If you do not meet the 30 hour entitlement criteria, we are offering the option of paying for the afternoon sessions, with the same flexibility as children on 30 hours.
8:45am – 2:45pm paying for the extra 3 hours (£18.00)
8:45am – 3:15pm pay for the extra 3.5 hours (£21.00)
To allow for further flexibility and to hopefully support parents with older and younger children, parents will have the option to pay for lunch until 1:00pm at a cost of £7.50 per day, with the children bringing in a packed lunch from home.
For those staying all day, taking up the 30 hours provision, there is the option of paying from 2:45pm until 3:15pm so that the nursery children finish at the same time as the rest of the school. This will be at a cost of £3.00 per session.
Payment will need to be made in advance of the sessions and will be booked for half a term in advance. This will allow for the class teacher to plan appropriately for the pupils we are expecting.
What to do next…
There are now many options available to parents in relation to childcare. For further details on what these options are please visit the new Childcare Choices Website (https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/) set up by HMRC. This also gives information about the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme and includes a childcare calculator so you can compare your different options. You can also register to receive emails about the new childcare schemes available in 2017 at: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/childcare-schemes-interest/welcome
If you are eligible for 30 hours and are interested in signing up to Kimpton Nursery for your additional 15 hours you need to:
- Visit the website www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents which will allow you to check if you are eligible.
- Access the website https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/applynow which will take you through a set of questions, taking around 20 minutes. Before you start you will need the following information:
- your National Insurance number
- if you're self-employed, your Unique Taxpayer Reference
- You're sent a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) when you first register for Self Assessment. Your UTR is on notices to file a tax return or payment reminders sent to you by HM Revenue and Customs. Look for a 10-digit number, sometimes with a letter 'K' on the end. It's sometimes just called 'tax reference'.
- the date you started, or are due to start work
- details of any other government support you get
- your child’s NHS number
- Once you have your 30 hours code beginning with the digits 500xxxxxxx you will be able to bring it into school with your child’s DOB, their NHS number and your National Insurance number and register with us.
If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate in contacting us and we will do our very best to answer your questions. This is a new provision for Kimpton Primary School and we envisage it evolving as it runs. We will update the FAQs below with questions asked by parents.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Currently we are trying to be as flexible as possible by stating
that all children need to attend the morning sessions and then
afternoon sessions can be flexible as long as you follow a set
pattern. The reason for this is to ensure that the class teacher
can plan for all of the Early Learning Goals (ELG) to be covered
for each child.
We also believe that it is important for children to have routines
- this helps them to settle and feel confident and comfortable in
Currently we are unable to provide a hot
school dinner for nursery children. Due to
space constraints and the dining room
time table, we believe that this would be
too overwhelming for such young children.
This is something we will review on a termly basis and will
definitely introduce as part of the transition process into
In the meantime, please can you provide your child with a
packed lunch if they are staying all day or for the Nursery Lunch
Club. Please can we remind you that we are a nut free school as
well as being a healthy school.
Thank you in advance for your support.
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At the moment this is a trial year for Kimpton to ensure that we have enough interest so that the school isn't in a deficit position by the end of the financial year. Unfortunately, with budget
restrictions as they are, if the new nursery provision doesn't pay for itself, then we will have to consider if it can continue the
following year or how we can attract further interest.
We will, of course, inform you in plenty of time of any changes to the provision going forward.
Thank you again, for your support.