Registration

In view of the increased demand for places at the Kindergarten it has become necessary to implement a new Admissions policy in order to make the whole system fair for everyone. There is now a formal process to follow when registering a child for a place:-
  • Registration can take place from birth
  • A £50 deposit is payable upon registration and the choice of preferred sessions will be stated by the parent or carer. The sessions granted will be confirmed for the whole time the child remains at Kindergarten, omitting the need for constant changing.
  • The £50 deposit will be deducted from the first invoice.  Please note the deposit will not be refunded if the child does not take up the offered place.
  • You do not need to pay a deposit if your child attends for the FEEE (Free Early Education Entitlement) sessions only.
An application form can be found here Forms

Hours

The Kindergarten is open Monday to Friday during term time only and we typically match Horsmonden Primary School’s term dates.  A list of the current term dates can be found in the Useful Information tab.
  • Morning sessions:  9.00am - 12noon
  • Afternoon sessions:  1.00pm - 3.30pm
  • All day sessions:  9.00am - 3.30pm
We also operate a lunch club each day between 12.00 and 1.00pm. Packed lunches are provided by parents and should not contain nuts. 

Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 3 and 4 year olds

All children are eligible for up to 570 hours of funding per year, starting in the term following their third birthday.  A child is eligible for the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) in line with the Department of Education table below:           

A child born on or between

Will becoming eligible for a free place from

1 April and 31 August

Start of Autumn Term in September, following their 3rd birthday

1 September and 31 December

Start of the Spring Term in January , following their 3rd birthday

1 January and 31 March

Start of the Summer Term in April, following their 3rd birthday


The 570 funded hours can be accessed as 15 hours per week for 38 weeks (minimum).   There are no restrictions on when the FEEE sessions can be used during the week, and can be used for Lunch Club.  Please note, all sessions are subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis.  If sessions are unable to be taken due to Bank Holidays or INSET days, funded children will be offered alternative sessions to compensate for the shortfall in hours.
You will be required to sign a Parent Declaration form at the start of each term to confirm the number of FEEE hours you will be claiming at Horsmonden Kindergarten.  We will need to see a copy of your child's birth certificate before FEEE can be claimed and we will make a note of the reference number. 
Please note FEEE hours can be split between a maximum of two childcare providers and must not exceed 15 hours in total.

Free Early Education for 2 year olds (FF2)

Please contact our Administrator to see if you are eligible to qualify for the FEEE for 2 year olds.  Once an eligibility check has been completed you will be able to claim up to 15 hours of free childcare, in the term following your child's second birthday.

More information on FEEE for 2, 3 and 4 year olds can be found on the Kent County Council website.

 
Food and snacks

Two snack bars operate in a day (one in the morning and afternoon session). Staff who prepare and handle food receive appropriate training and understand and comply with food safety and
hygiene regulations. (Regulation (EC) 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs. Please ensure that you advise the staff accordingly if your child
suffers from any food related allergies.

If your child attends the lunch club a packed lunch needs to be provided and should NOT contain nuts.