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Ofsted Outstanding

Ofsted Outstanding




All Early Years settings offering Free Early Learning, must be registered with and inspected by Ofsted. In our last inspection the centre was awarded an outstanding rating. To see what the inspector had to say, please access our latest and past Ofsted reports here.



From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.  

We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include, for example, additional training for our staff on early language, resources to support home learning, investing in a partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.

The money is paid directly to the provider by the Local Authority. In order to check your eligibility all we need is your National Insurance number, address, date of birth and full name, which are provided when you register a child.

Criteria is similar to that of Free-School Meal Entitlement. Families may be eligible if they are receiving any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under Part 6of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on
  • Universal Credit

It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school and so we want to make the most of this additional funding. This could make a real difference to your child’s learning and development, particularly as budgets are stretched tighter and tighter.





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