St. Dominic Catholic Primary offers Nursery provision in a happy, secure and caring setting. We aim to create a stimulating environment where all children are encouraged and motivated to explore, discover and learn. At the end of their time with us, we hope the children will leave Nursery with a solid foundation on which to build their future learning. We know that as parents/carers you aim to provide the best for your child - as educators, we want to work with you in partnership to do the same.
In September 2019, we will offer our usual morning sessions, providing the 15 hours universal provision from 8.45am until 11.45am and afternoon sessions will continue to be run by Friends Together (our breakfast and after school provider) for those who are 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 Early Years Foundation Stage.
In addition to the morning session, we offer Lunch Club provision which will be run by St. Dominic School. Parents have the option to pay for this additional session, with the children bringing in a packed lunch from home. For children just attending the morning session, this will run from 11.45am until 1.00pm and will cost £7.50 per session. For children staying for the afternoon session, this will run from 11.45am until 12.30pm and will cost £6.00. Both of these sessions should be booked via our online booking system and are payable through Gateway. We ask for parents to establish a weekly pattern for a half term block.
If you would like to apply for our Nursery and any extended care, then please complete the Nursery Application Forms (these will be available on the website when applications open on Monday 4 February), and return them to school by Monday 4 March 2019. We will email you with the outcome of your application by 4.30pm on Monday 18 March 2019.
The New 30 hours Free Childcare for 3- and 4-Year-Olds
From September 2017 funding for early education for 3- and 4-year-old children changed. The universal offer of free early education of up to 15 hours a week term time increased to 30 hours for eligible working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds in England. The idea behind the 30 hours provision is to support parents who work, as well as encourage parents back into work.
To find out if you are eligible for the 30 hours provision, please read:
30 Hours Provision available
For parents who are entitled to 30 hours free childcare, the afternoon session is from 12.30pm until 3.30pm and will be run by Friends Together within the Nursery classroom.
If parents are not eligible for the 30 hour entitlement, we are offering the option of paying for the afternoon sessions and this will be managed by and payable to Friends Together.
Friends Together is also able to offer breakfast and after school provision if you should require it.
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 interested in signing up to Friends Together for your additional 15 hours, you need to:
- Visit the website hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents to check eligibility.
- Access the website https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/applynow to apply. You will receive a voucher code if you are eligible which you will need for your application.
If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office.