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Little Cypress

Little Cypress is home to our youngest children, aged 2, 3 and 4. It it led by Miss Ailsa Chapman, one of our Assistant Headteachers. Our aim is to offer provision of the highest quality, in a friendly and stimulating environment. The Early Years Foundation Stage are of crucial importance and we take great pride in the start we offer our children in Little Cypress; giving them a firm foundation on which to build their future learning. We encourage independence and curiosity, within a play-based curriculum, where everyone can succeed.

Our Two Year Offer (2YO), Rainbow Class, is for children born between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013, for entry in the academic year 2015-2016. We have capacity for 24 children in the morning and 24 in the afternoon and are able to offer both full and part-time places. Children in Rainbow Class are also able to attend our Breakfast and After School Clubs, housed in the Little Cypress building. The adult/child ratio for Rainbow Class is 1:4. Our 2YO provision is managed by Ms Louise Shadbolt and the Assistant Manager is Ms Emma Trimmings.

Our nursery provision, Gold and Silver Classes, is for children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012, for entry in the academic year 2015-2016. All children are eligible for 15 free hours of nursery education. The eligibility starts the school term after the child has their third birthday. We have capacity for 26 children in the morning and 26 in the afternoon and are able to offer both full and part-time places, as well as Breakfast and After School Club. The adult/child ratio for Gold and Silver Classes is 1:8.

We use prescribed criteria to decide which children can be offered a place in Little Cypress, including priority given to siblings and those eligible for the 2 Year Offer funding of 15 hours a week of free childcare. If you are in receipt of certain benefits please visit this website to check eligibility:

*You may qualify for this funding if you or your family are in receipt of:

Income support
Income based job seekers allowance
Income related employment and support allowance
Support under part VI - of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Guarantee element of the state pension credit
Child tax credit - provided you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
If it is a 2 year old Child Looked After by the Authority (CLA)

If you successfully receive the free funding, you will be able to buy in extra mornings or afternoons at the amounts shown below. You can also apply online for funding, if you are in receipt of any of the above benefits at: www.myearlylearning.co.uk.

We will also have copies of this information, including the application form, available from our Infant School Office and the reception area of Little Cypress. Please ask Mrs Sonia Hamilton for details or Miss Shadbolt or Miss Trimmings.

The cost of this provision is as follows:

Rainbow Class : if you are eligible for 2YO funding, 15 hours of the provision is free. This is usually offered at 5 mornings or 5 afternoons.
Rainbow Class: (if privately funded) is £42 per full day or £21 per half day.

A morning session is 9.05am-12.05pm
An afternoon session is 12.20-3.20pm
A full-time place is 9:00am-3.20pm

Breakfast Club is 7.30-9.00am and costs £4.50 per day.

After School Club is 3.30-6.00pm and costs £11.00 per day.

For extra sessions for Gold and Silver Class nursery, extra sessions cost £19.00.

We will hope to be flexible in how we offer our sessions for Rainbow Class: ie being able to choose full days, half days or a mixture. We do give priority, however, for those requesting at least 5 sessions per week (eg 5 mornings or 5 afternoons). Gold and Silver Classes must do at least 5 sessions per week (either 5 mornings or 5 afternoons).

Do come and see us at Little Cypress (the new building that houses the nursery and Breakfast Club and After School Club) for further details, from Mrs Hamilton.

We look forward to meeting you and hope to support your child in the first stage of his/her exciting learning journey.

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