What is the expected opening date?
The doors to our forest school nursery are expected to open Spring 2018.
When will the nursery be closed?
Our nursery will be open all year except for bank holidays and over the Christmas period. For example, for 2018 we will close 6pm on Friday 21st December and re-open 8am on Monday 7th January 2018. We will also be closed for x1 full day per term (x3 days per school year) for site management and staff training (dates to be confirmed).
What are the costs?
A long day will run from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday (with a minimum booking requirement of 2 full days per week) at a cost of £45 per day.
A shorter day will run from 9am-3pm Monday to Friday (with a minimum booking requirement of 2 full days per week) at a cost of £35 per day.
All nursery fees will be pro-rata over 12 months and will be payable by direct debit.
Fees will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Why is there a two day minimum booking requirement?
Research has shown the positive impacts of Forest School/Outdoor Learning is embedded through multiple experiences that are delivered consistently over a longer period of time.
The minimum two days also allows children to settle confidently into nursery life and we will touch on this later.
What about the 2yr old 15 hours and 3yr old 30 hours free entitlement?
We will be accepting a limited number of children that meet the criteria for either the 15hrs or 30hrs free child care entitlement.
Please note that the entitlement does not come into effect until the first term after your child turns 2 or 3.
Will there be a school holiday club?
If your child attends nursery term time only (as above) but you would like to continue your child’s sessions during the school holidays, then we intend to offer holiday club sessions to your child and their siblings as a priority. These sessions can be pre-booked at the time of registration and paid for via direct debit over a 12 month period. This service will also be offered to our other registered parents who may have other children who would benefit from our holiday club sessions. Again, these sessions will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
What is the registration process and notice process?
If you would like to register your interest, then please complete the attached form clearly indicating which sessions you would like to book. You can either email this direct to email@example.com or post it to the address indicated above.
Upon receipt of the registration form we will contact you to let you know if you have been successful is securing your sessions, offer you alternative sessions, or ask if you would like to be placed onto our waiting list.
If your place is secured we will request a refundable registration fee of £150, this fee will allow us to purchase appropriate clothing and resources for your child for their whole time at nursery. This fee will be refunded when your child leaves the setting.
All fees must be paid, in advance, via direct debit.
Please note that we require 8 weeks notice for your child to leave the setting, fees will still be payable if notice is not received.
Our registration form can also be sent to you via email, as a separate document.