The Wooden House Nursery School is open to all children from the age of two to statutory school age, without discrimination.
Prospective parents are invited to make an appointment to visit us with their child. Your child’s name can be placed on the waiting list by returning a deposit if applicable and the application form found on our website. Once your child is offered a place and the start date is confirmed then a free 2 hour ‘taster session’ will be arranged between the room leader and family. This is generally the first session the child is due to attend the setting.
Following your initial visit to the setting the room leader will invite your child to a free ‘taster’ session. This date is agreed between the setting and family and can be at any point in the year, it does not need to be at the beginning of a term. The taster session is a shorter two hour session and enables exchange of information before and after the morning. Prior to the taster session parents/carers are asked to meet the Manager, Caroline Taplin to go through all the registration paperwork and discuss any additional or medical needs that may effect your child whilst in the setting.
For the ‘taster’ session parents and carers may wish to stay with their child or they may choose to leave their child for this initial session or part of the session. The nursery is flexible and will adjust to meet each individual’s needs. We do ask that a parent is contactable and available should they decide to leave their child in order that we can communicate with them if necessary.
During the ‘taster’ session should you wish to receive a telephone call relating to your child’s settling in please do not hesitate to ask and we will ensure this happens.
Opening Times and Fees
We are open from 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 51 weeks per year. (We close at 12.00 noon on Christmas Eve and are closed on Bank Holidays and during Christmas week).
For children attending term-time only, fees are paid half-termly in advance and are not refunded due to sickness or holiday.
Children attending full-time will be invoiced monthly in advance with a 4 week holiday allowance charged at ½ rate if required.
Charges from 1 January 2022 – £5.50 per hour
Come and play (8.00 am until 9.00 am) – £5.50 per hour or part thereof
Morning (9.00 am – 12.00 noon) – £16.50
Lunchtime (12.00 noon – 1.00 pm ) – £5.50
Afternoon (1.00 pm – 3.00 pm) – £11.00
Stay and Play (3.00 pm – 6.00 pm booked and charged by the hour) – £5.50 per hour or part thereof
Whole day (8.00 am – 6.00 pm) – £55.00
10% discount will be given to a 2nd sibling attending at the same time, but only if they are not in receipt of government funding.
This discount is only applied to any hours remaining after the deduction of government funded hours to the older sibling.
For children arriving by 8.15 am, breakfast will be available, upon request which is free of charge.
An optional tea, which is bookable in advance and charged at £2.50 per meal, they will be served at 4.30 pm and any child attending the Nursery at this time is eligible.
Once all funded hours have been used a charge of £5.50 per hour will be applied. All invoices should be be paid within two weeks of the issue date or a 10% surcharge with a minimum fee of £10.00 will be incurred .
Any additional sessions booked require 48 hours notice of cancellation or they are chargeable.
When is your child eligible for free Government funding?
All 3 and 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare over 38 weeks of the year (or fewer hours over more weeks). We also accept two-year-old funding, those who are entitled to government funding can check eligibility by using the following link https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/early-years-and-childcare/childcare/2-year-old-funding
Eligibility for 1140 hours of free childcare will be checked by the government. (30 hours per week over 38 weeks of the year) You can find out more about eligibility criteria here and you can apply for 30 hours of free childcare through their Childcare Service website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
We have the following items of optional school uniform available:
Sweatshirts – £10.00 each
Polo shirts – £8.00 each