Our Information Leaflet provides key points including our Principles & Aims, Curriculum & Planning, Session times and Fees.
Session days and times
Emmer Green Pre-School provides places for children aged between 2 and 5 years of age. We can provide sessions that are funded and not funded. You can register your child on the waiting list as soon as you wish but we do require a Registration Form to be completed for this to happen.
Our main intake each year is September, however, we can take children at other times depending on availability. We normally take children at the start of a term.
Funding and fees
Our sessions are 2.5 hours each and they can be taken as full days, mornings or afternoons, depending on preference and availability.
All 3 & 4 year olds are currently entitled to 15 hours of Free Early Years funding at our pre-school. We offer this throughout the year over 38 weeks (term time only). Funding for 3 & 4 year olds starts the term after their 3rd birthday, until they reach statutory school age.
Please click on the relevant link below for further information:
- Free childcare and education for 2 to 4-year-olds (GOV.UK website)
- How can I apply for two-year-old funding? (Reading Borough Council website)
Lunch Club – 1hr session from 11.30am – 12.30pm
We provide childcare during the hour break between morning and afternoon sessions in our ‘Lunch Club’. This can be used to bridge the gap between the sessions for those children attending pre-school for the whole day or can be tagged onto a morning or an afternoon session, giving you more flexibility and your child the chance to experience lunch time with their peers even if they are not attending the whole day. It’s useful preparation for ‘lunch hour’ at school and is also a great opportunity for your child to increase their circle of friends in this setting. Lunch club sessions are to be arranged and fee payment made at the beginning of each half term*.
Late collection – at the end of a session parents/carers have 15 minutes to collect their child. After this time, a fee will be levied to cover the time for 2 members of staff up to 1 hour. Over this time we will call on emergency contact numbers. After an hour, we are duty bound to inform Social Services who will take over the care of the said child/charge.
The majority of our funding comes from the government, however, like all state funded pre-schools, the money we receive for free places from the local council sadly does not cover running costs. We therefore kindly request voluntary contributions for those parents whose children are fully funded which helps fill the funding gap to ensure we maintain our high level of childcare. The money is put towards the cost of day-to-day resources including play equipment, craft materials, an excellent range of activities like cooking and gardening and, where required, additional staffing and training.
We suggest a half-term voluntary contribution of:
- £5 for children attending 2-3 sessions per week
- £10 for those attending 4-5 sessions per week and
- £15 for those attending 6 sessions or more per week
*Our fees are reviewed annually and are payable each half term in advance. We do not offer any refunds for absences due to sickness or holidays. In cases of prolonged absence, parents should consult the committee about fee payment. Each child’s attendance at the group is conditional upon continued payment of any necessary fees and/or local government funding.