April 7th, 2017 by Sarah Steel
At long last, the Government have announced the new website which brings together information on the various types of help available for parents with the costs of childcare. This includes details on eligibility for Tax-Free Childcare and information about the 30 hour childcare offer in September 17. Do have a look and see if this is useful to you:
Our managers will do their best to answer your questions as well, but due to a distinct lack of information for providers, we are still firming up how we will offer the 30 hours of funded childcare in each location.
March 22nd, 2017 by Sarah Steel
Today the Government finally published it’s new website to inform parents of the various options that are available to support them with the costs of childcare. Various updates have been circulated to early years providers, so here is one to share with you all from http://www.foundationyears.org.uk
“Childcare Choices, the cross-government childcare brand and campaign has launched today, providing parents with a single point of information for all the government funded childcare offers, including the two new offers: 30hours free childcare and Tax Free Childcare.
Launch of new Childcare Choices website means parents now able to find available government support.
Millions of parents can pre-register from today for the government’s new childcare offers, with the launch of a new Childcare Choices government website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
The introduction of the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 – cutting childcare costs for working families across the UK by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.
On top of this, from September this year parents of three and four year old children living in England will be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child.
The Childcare Choices website includes a Childcare Calculator (www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator) for parents to compare all the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for their families.
Through the site parents can also pre-register for email alerts that will notify them when they can apply, as well as providing details of existing government childcare offers.”
Many parents have complained that there has been very limited information about the various strands available, and it has been hard to make any plans so far. However, now things should be a little clearer and we will certainly be on hand to help with information as much as we can.
February 7th, 2017 by Sarah Steel
We were absolutely delighted to receive an ‘outstanding’ grading following an OFSTED inspection at our Henley on Thames nursery in January. If you would like to read the full report, do have a look here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY455419
January 8th, 2017 by Sarah Steel
After a lot of hard work, we were delighted to open the doors of our new nursery at Oxford Science Park last week. We welcomed our first children and have booked a lot in to visit over the next few weeks, so do spread the word and come and see us. We’re also excited to welcome the Childcare Minister to our official opening on 19th January. More photos to follow!
November 15th, 2016 by Sarah Steel
We are really delighted to have just received our OFSTED inspection report for The Old Station Nursery, Innsworth. The inspector judged us ‘outstanding’ in all areas and said, “staff are highly motivated and fully committed to supporting children to reach their full potential. Children explore with great enthusiasm and are actively involved in their learning in the highly stimulating welcoming environment.’
Needless to say, we are so pleased and I’d like to say a huge well done to our nursery manager, Julie Rees, and are super team. Well done to all of you!
To read the full report please go to: Ofsted report