FREE places

All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to free Nursery education. Please see below.

Nursery Education Fund (NEF)

Free nursery education is available for all 3 and 4 year olds living in the Bradford Metropolitan District area. All children should have access to a free nursery place from the start of the school term after their 3rd birthday.

High quality provision covering each area of the Early Years Foundations Stage areas of learning.

Admissions

What will happen?

Once you have registered the birth of your child you can put their name on the nursery waiting list.

When your child reaches 3 they will start Nursery the term after their 3rd birthday,this will be either - September, January or Easter depending on when places are available.

Your child will be offered a part-time place of 15 hours per week. Morning times are 9am-12pm Afternoon times are 1pm-4pm

We welcome and encourage a visit to the Nursery before your child starts. If you want to see what the children do in the classroom, it is better to telephone and arrange a time.

Please contact: Sandra Walker (Nursey Manager) on 01274 200589

2 Year Offer

Research shows the importance of early learning on a child’s development. Children can learn so much at this age by being with other children in a quality childcare setting.

To qualify for a place you must evidence you are in receipt of one or more of the following: Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income related Employment and Support Allowance or Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or The “Guarantee” element of State Pension Credit or Child Tax Credit provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190.There are now a limited number of places for 2 year olds whose family income is under £16,190 who are on Working Tax Credit.

There are a limited number of places and not every eligible family will be able to access a Free Place at this stage.

What is a free place?

Eligible children who are aged over 2 years can attend good quality childcare registered with Ofsted for up to 15 hours a week. Childcare is provided in a range of settings these are day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders which have all met the Local Authority quality criteria.

How can I obtain a place for my child?

Contact us or your nearest nuresry. If you are unsure where your nearest one is then ring the Families Information Service on 01274 437503 or e-mail childcare@bradford.gov.uk Click here to go to their website

Admissions

What will happen?

You may be approached by a Communityworks Community Engagment Worker who will find out whether you are entitled to a free place for your 2 year old based on the criteria above. Community Engagement Workers are currently visiting every home in the area because we believe that is really very important that every child gets the very best start in life. Attending a high quality Nursery such as Communityworks and the other providers that are also able to offer this provision in the area gives children the chance to learn new skills. Children need the opportunity to discover through play, to develop their personal and social skills, improve their communication and language and also their physical development.

When your child reaches 2 they will start the term after their birthday, this will be either - September, January or Easter depending on places available.

Your child will be offered a part-time place of up to 15 hours per week either in the morning or afternoon. Places are available at Communityworks as well as some other local providers who have been approved as a provider because of the high quality of provision and this includes some child minders. We will explain all the choices that are available locally.

We welcome a visit to the Nursery before your child starts. If you want to see what the children do in the classroom, it is better to telephone and arrange a time.

Please contact: Sandra Walker (Nursery Manager) on 01274 200589