At Little Oaks Beaconsfield we continue to offer what we have been championed for at Penn Cottage - providing a gentle and homely environment where young children learn and develop as they play. It is a nursery school that prides itself on its ability to nurture children's confidence in their early years. It is a safe first step from home; a happy and enjoyable experience; a place to flourish and grow; a chance to have fun and make friends.

We maintain a high ratio of well-qualified and experienced adults to children enabling us to give individual care and attention. Children progress at their own pace and within their capabilities. They are encouraged to experience a wide variety of activities inside and outside the classroom to stimulate and excite their senses.

We believe in the importance of building trust and support between families and staff. We want each child to feel safe and happy and to leave with greater independence, an enthusiasm to learn and a feeling of self-worth.
During the time your child is with us we are delighted to advise and consult on school choices, which can seem an overwhelming decision. We are constantly striving to improve and enrich the experience we offer and are particularly proud of how well-prepared our children are for the next stage of learning.
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Staff engage children's interests well and encourage them to participate in a good range of activities. They help children learn to play alongside others, to share and take turns in games.
Children benefit from carefully planned adult-led activities designed to promote their listening and speaking skills.

Term Dates

Autumn 2017

Term Starts: 13/09/2017

Term Ends: 13/12/2017

Half Term: 23/10 - 27/10/2017

Spring 2018

Term Starts: 08/01/2018

Term Ends: 28/03/2018

Half Term: 12/02 - 16/02/2018

Summer 2018

Term Starts: 23/04/2018

Term Ends: 11/07/2018

Half Term: 28/05 - 01/06/2018

Fees

Morning sessions (M,T,W)9:00 - 12.00£30 per session
Extended day* (M,T,W)9:00 – 2:30£50 per day
Morning* (Th, Fr)9:00 – 1:00£40 per session

*children bring a packed lunch

Funding

We have in the past resisted joining the Directory of Funded Providers as the government funding does not cover our costs; we operate with a child/staff ratio of 4 children to 1 member of staff, compared to the government limits of 8 or even 13 to 1. However, conscious of rising living costs to families, and believing that parents are entitled to financial assistance from the government we decided that we would indeed register as a funded provider and to ask parents to make a contribution to bridge the gap between the government funding and our actual running costs. This will allow us to continue to offer an outstanding nursery environment with low ratios of staff to children whilst enabling parents to significantly reduce their childcare costs.

However, if you wish to avail yourself of only the funded hours please alert us when nominating your preferred sessions. We accept payment by childcare vouchers and have accounts with all of the major providers.

Helpful Hints:

· Children become eligible to claim funding from the start of the term following their third birthday

· A child born between 1 January and 31 March is entitled to claim from the start of the summer term

· A child born between 1 April and 31 August is entitled to claim from the start of the autumn term

· A child born between 1 September and 31 December is entitled to claim from the start of the spring term

· Full fees apply to any hours over 15 per week

When your child is eligible we will give you a parental agreement form to complete. You will need to fill out the form and return it to us, so that we can then make a claim for funding from the Early Years Team.

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis.