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Funded only attendance

PLEASE NOTE that there are a limited number of funded only places available at Little Dragons nursery

Please contact the Nursery Manager, Rebecca Croft on 0118 958 5316 to discuss your requirements

Free early learning for 2 year olds

2 year olds from families in receipt of certain benefits or with an income of £16,190 or less per year are eligible for a free early learning place. Your child will be able to start their free place from the beginning of the term after their 2nd birthday providing that a place is available for them at Little Dragons.

Funded only two year olds attend the nursery for 15 hours per week. This attendance is term time only in line with the Reading Borough Council term dates and in addition there are five inset days per year which are chosen by the nursery. Therefore children attend for a total of 38 weeks / 570 hours per year.

If your child is eligible to receive the 2 year old funding you will usually receive a letter however, you can complete an online application form and more information is available on the Reading Borough Council website or by calling the Family Information Service on 0118 937 3777 option 2.

Free early learning for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 year old children are eligible to receive a free early learning place for 15 hours per week from the term after their third birthday. Some children are eligible to receive 30 hours funding per week, for more details please see the Childcare Choices website.

At Little Dragons children can attend for 15 or 30 hours per week, term time only. This will be for two (15 hours) or four (30 hours) 7.5 hour days. Days and hours of attendance are flexible and are by agreement with the Nursery Manager, Rebecca Croft.

The term time only attendance is in line with the Reading Borough Council term dates and in addition there are five inset days per year which are chosen by the nursery. Therefore children attend for a total of 38 weeks / 570 or 1,140 hours per year.

2018-2019 term dates

The inset dates for the 2018-2019 year will be the week commencing 3rd June 2019.

Application form for funded only attendance

Meal times are a very important part of the day and, depending on the times that your child attends Little Dragons, we provide breakfast between 7.30am - 8.15am, snacks at 9.20am, lunch at 11.30am and afternoon tea at 3.30pm.

Staff sit with the children during meal times and encourage good table manners - the correct way to hold their cutlery, saying please and thank you and appropriate social interaction such as talking quietly.

Testimonials

F is leaving to attend primary school.  Her bond with her key worker has been the most positive experience for F.  She talks about them when she's at home and shows us the things they have been teaching her. She enjoys writing and shows me everyday what she can do.

You all do such an amazing job. With carers such as the team at Little Dragons I am happy to go to work knowing my daughter will have the best care taken of her and that is what she got everyday.

A special mention to Leah - F made such an attachment to her and will miss her terribly. All the staff are great. It does not matter what room they work in they all take an interest in what’s happening. I am glad we can continue with this nursery for our second child.

Little Dragons offers value for money. I have looked at other nurseries for our second child but we wanted Little Dragons. You offer the whole package in our pricing.

I would highly recommend this nursery to all my friends looking for child care.

E.P

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