WELCOME TO APPLE TREE
Hello and welcome to our nursery.
We offer children an opportunity to learn through play in a welcoming environment. All children are encouraged and supported during daily experiences. Our setting and staff are keen to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn something new each day. We look forward to welcoming you on our learning journey.
FRONT DOOR MESSAGES
The Cider House
Wild Country Lane
Tel 01275 395295
We offer 30 Hour Free Childcare
All children aged 3 or 4 years old are eligible for 15 hours a week of free early education. Children are eligible from the term after their 3rd birthday. From September 2017 the government is extending this offer to 30 hours a week for working parents earning the equivalent of the National Minimum wage for 16 hours a week.
About the Extended Free Entitlement
The new entitlement is 1,140 hours of early education for children whose parents are working
The additional hours will be available to children in families where:
both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) and
each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW), and less than £100,000 per year.
it is a one parent household and the working parent meets the income rules.
Working will include employed and self-employed persons.
Parents will not need to work 16 hours a week, but rather their earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. Parents on zero contract hours who meet the criteria are included in the entitlement criteria.
There are some exceptions from two parent rules and children will also be entitled if:
both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity or paternity leave
both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave
both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay.
one parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring; or
one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.
The three and four year olds whose parents do not meet the criteria will continue to be entitled to the universal offer of 570 hours per annum or 15 hours over 38 weeks.
Parents will need to apply for the extended 15 hours offer via www.gov.uk and they will receive a code which they will need to take to their chosen childcare provider. Not all childcare providers may be able to offer the full 30 hours.
Parents can find out what help they can get with childcare via Childcare Choices website
For 2, 3 and 4 year old funding the child can only receive a funded place from the start of the term after their birthday. Funding periods start on 1 January, 1 April and 1 September each year.