Blue Group – Early Entitlement Funded Sessions

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Tiny Tots is also registered with Estyn to provide LEA funded early year’s education (Foundation Phase) as well as care to the children attending our nursery school.
Governments Early Entitlement Scheme/Foundation Phase.
This scheme has been set up by the Welsh Assembly to provide free part time education for all three year olds for the parents who want it. The scheme runs from January to July allowing children to join this group the term after their third birthday. The two hour funded sessions run from 9.15am to 11.15am Monday to Friday, during term time and take place in the ‘Out of School’.
Here at Tiny Tots we pride ourselves on providing excellent opportunities for each child in a safe and caring environment.  Vickie and sam  run the blue group with excellence, ensuring that all areas of learning are catered for. A qualified teacher from Denbighshire LEA also attends once a week to support the setting and share her early years skills.  Because these sessions are funded we will be inspected by Estyn in the same manner as all nursery schools in Wales.  Blue group follows the Foundation Phase Curriculum which mirrors the education of nursery schools.
During your child’s time in Blue Group, each child will have a “Playing to Learn” booklet which is similar to a ‘Record of Achievement’ that will follow your child to school come next September.

The Out of School is set out into the ‘areas of learning’ so the children can move freely from one activity to another.  Although the children are encouraged to participate in the day’s activities as much as possible, the children can freely choose which activities they would like to do.  The education provided covers all areas of the “desirable outcomes” (information about these areas is provided in our parent handbook), through play centred activities and experiences. Every opportunity is given for the children to play outside (in our own designated ‘Blue Group’ garden) and to experience a variety of hands-on activities ranging from gardening to messy painting sessions.

Your child will be eligible for reduced full day care fees discounting the free two hour education sessions. If your child only attends part of the week then he/she will be entitled to attend the two hours on the other days free of charge (places limited). *Please note that on Bank Holidays, and all school holidays there are no funded sessions.* If your child is only here for the funded session, (i.e. arrives at 9.15am and is picked up at 11.15am) please can you drop off and collect from the Out of School Club.  If your child is booked in earlier and/or attends nursery for a full day, then please can you drop off and collect from the Pre-School door as normal.

Our Blue Group funded sessions begin after the Easter holidays so sessions will be funded from then onwards.  All children entitled to funding have been moved into this group in preparation and to allow them to become familiar with their new learning environment.  In the mean time if you would like to speak to us about Blue Group, or come and see Blue Group in action, please do not hesitate to ask either Vickie, Sam, or Tina.