Small World: Free sessions information
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Updated 5th April 2018
Free sessions: we claim for you, you must complete a declaration each term
Early Years Free Sessions is available to all 3 and 4 year-old children and we automatically claim this on your behalf. The claim will be for up to 15 of your child's normal weekly attendance pattern, term time only (38 weeks in the year). These hours will be totally free.
Oxfordshire County Council require a parental declaration form to be filled in and signed every term for every child that receives free sessions and these forms are mandatory. We will issue each one of you with a form (by email or otherwise). Please make sure you return the form promptly, as failure to do so results in us not being able to claim your free sessions for you, and so you receiving no money. (Alternative, non PDF, format for the parental declaration form)
Free sessions are taken into account in the monthly invoices and standing order calculation, but only when your child is receiving it.
Other information copied from the documentation received from Oxfordshire County Council. Any errors in transposition to this site will be by Small World - please contact us to enable their correction.
Eligibility dates & Funding weeks
|Term||Date of 3rd birthday||Number of weeks funding||Term dates||Autumn 2017||01-September to 31-August||14 weeks||1-Sept-17 to 21-Dec-17|
|Spring 2018||01-January to 31-December||12 weeks||1-Jan-2018 to 31-Mar-2018|
|Summer 2018||01-April to 31-March||12 weeks||23-Apr-18 to 17-Jul-18|
Timeline for Summer 2018
|Friday 27-April||Parental Declarations deadline|
|Wednesday 16-May||Deadline for receipt of all NEF claims|
|probably Monday 2-June||Provider statements are sent (to Small World)|
Small World comment: Only when we receive the provider statement will we know if you have free sessions and how many
The timeline for Summer 2018 is likely to be given to Small World late in March
The Nursery Education Grant is calculated at a standard basic rate of £4.01 per hour.
The maximum number of weeks claimable in the term is shown above.
A maximum of six (6) hours can be claimed for any one day. The minimum is two and a half (2.5) hours. So, to be able to claim the maximum of fifteen (15) per week, a child must attend over three days.
You [Small World] will receive one copy of this form to be given to all parents/caregivers. You [Small World] cannot make a claim without having a parent/caregiver complete this form each term.
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Pledge to extend free entitlement for nursery education to 15 hours is upheld7 June 2010
Tories would allow nurseries to charge top-up fees as free entitlement row grows27 April 2010