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30 hour FEEE for 3 to 4 year olds

What are 30 hour FEEE for 3 to 4 year old places?

The Government pays for some 3 to 4 year olds to have 1140 hours of early years education a year, the Free Early Education Entitlement, from 1 January, 1 April or 1 September after their third birthday.

How do Church Hill and Low Hall offer the 30 hour FEEE for 3 to 4 year olds?

30 x 38 = 1140, and school term time is 38 weeks per year, so we provide these hours as 30 hours each week during school term time, Monday to Friday, at Church Hill as:

  • 2 x 3-hour morning sessions, either from 9am to 12 noon, or afternoon sessions from 1pm to 3pm and
  • 3 x 8-hour sessions from 8am to 4pm.

and at Low Hall as:

  • 2 x 3-hour morning sessions, either from 9am to 12 noon, or afternoon sessions from 12.45pm to 3.45pm and
  • 3 x 8-hour sessions from 8am to 4pm.

We expect children to come to school every day as they build stronger social bonds with other children and with staff, and this aids their development. They also get used to having a weekday routine, which is helpful for all the family as preparation for primary school.

How do I know if we are eligible?

The Government decides which families are entitled to the 30 hours FEEE for 3 to 4 year olds. To find out if you are eligible:

1. go to Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

2. Answer the questions on the site and follow the links.

3. If you are eligible you will be able to set up an account.

4. Once you have set up an account you will receive a Unique Reference Number (URN).

What do I do next?

Bring your URN into school, talk to our office team and fill out our Green Waiting List Form. It’s best to come between 9.30am and 11.30am or 1.15pm and 2.30pm, or phone to make an appointment:

  • Church Hill on 020 8520 4919
  • Low Hall on 020 8520 1689

We will be able to tell you if we have a place, or when a place is likely to be available.

If a place is not available straight away we will add you to our Waiting List.

When do children start Church Hill and Low Hall?

The majority of children start the September after their 3rd birthday, and leave the July before they start primary school.

When do Church Hill and Low Hall allocate places?

We call or write to all the families on our waiting list just after the Easter before your child is due to start in September. We ask:

  • If you still want a place at our school
  • If you prefer a morning or an afternoon place
  • If you are eligible for 30 hour FEEE funding
  • If you would like any long days (8am to 4pm at Church Hill or 8am to 3.45pm at Low Hall), year round or term-time (minimum 2 days per week)
  • If you would like any full days (8am to 6pm) year round or term-time (minimum 2 days per week)

Please answer us quickly.

Parents who are studying or working

It is our firm belief that children who attend school every day benefit in many ways, however if you have an opportunity to study or work that means you need a different pattern, please talk to our Head Teacher.

How do Church Hill and Low Hall allocate places?

If there are enough spaces for all the children on the Waiting List who still want a place, we give them all places.

If there are not enough spaces to admit all of them, we will give priority to children:

  • who are in public care or are fostered under an arrangement made by the Local Authority
  • with known disabilities, additional needs, or social problems (referred from another agency)
  • who are the oldest and who are living closest to the Nursery Schools
  • who are not attending another early years setting
  • who have siblings who used to come to the Nursery Schools
  • whose parent(s) work at state-funded schools within half a mile of each school
  • who have turned three while attending as 2 Year olds
  • who receive Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 2 year olds funding or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) .

How do I know if my child has a place?

When we have gone through the alloaction procedure we will call everyone on the list. If you have a place we will arrange for you and your child to start Settling In.