‘Excellent personalised early childhood education for every child’
Chelwood Nursery School offers places to children aged between 2 and 5 years of age on either a part time or full-time basis. We are a local authority maintained nursery school and places are offered to different age groups using different criteria.
Our two-year-olds are welcomed into our ‘Garden room’ provision, which is a nurture space, carefully designed to support the developmental needs of these very young children. As they develop in confidence, they will gradually explore our wider school learning environment, supported by their ‘key person’.
Our offer to two-year-olds is 15 hours per week, taken as either 5 mornings or 5 afternoons.
The timings for these sessions are:
Mornings: 8:45am – 11:45am
Afternoons: 12:45pm – 3:45pm
In a large setting such as ours, we have found that a daily 3-hour session best meets the developmental needs of two-year-olds and therefore we do not currently offer additional hours to two-year olds.
Funded 2 year old places
Most of our 2 year old places are given to families who are in receipt of free 2 year old funding. This is given to those on lower incomes. It is also sometimes given to children who have an EHCP plan, receive Disability Living Allowance, are looked after by the local authority or who are in other types of care. To find out more about whether you are eligible to receive 2 year old free funding, and how to apply visit our ‘Government funded places‘ page.
Paid 2 year old places
We also offer a number of paid 2 year old places. These are offered in accordance with our admissions policy. The cost of these places is based on our hourly rate, which is currently £12 per hour. Therefore a 15 hour paid place will be £180 per week. For more information about funded places, please visit our ‘Paid places’ page.