Is your child turning 3 soon? From the term after their third birthday your child will be entitled to a funded nursery place.
Your child does not need to go to council nursery in order to get into their catchment school, and parents/carers can choose between ELCC settings whether this be private or council nurseries, according to the childcare hours they need to suit working patterns or preferences. Council nurseries are not able to meet the demand for 30 hour places from 2020 due to many of them essentially halving their capacity due to these extra hours. Your child can receive the same high standard of Early Learning and Childcare in a private nursery setting, and robust transition arrangements are in place to ensure a smooth transition to P1. We have children attending Newbyres who go on to each of the schools in Gorebridge, so your child will be starting school with many familiar faces. We also have a popular after school club within the same building at St Pauls, again aiding a smooth transition from nursery to school.
As a partner provider setting with Midlothian Council, we offer funded places for Good Time To Be 2 eligible children and all 3-5 year olds. You can claim 15 hours 50 minutes of funding with us each week. You can also currently split the funded place between us and council nursery to suit your working pattern (although this will not be the case for 30 hour places).
August 2020 brings some exciting changes with all GTTB2 and 3-5 year olds being entitled to up to 30 hours per week of funded Early Learning and Childcare. With this change you will see all nurseries, both council and private, become “Provider Neutral”, meaning the care and service will be the same high quality across the board. We are currently participating in the 30 hours pilot for a limited number of children.
These additional hours will create further opportunities for outdoor learning. With our Forest Kindergarten sessions expanding to 3 days per week, we will be giving all our 2-5 year olds more chances to spend time in nature.
You can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.
If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child. You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as the council funded/free childcare hours if you’re eligible for both.