Fees and Funding

Funding of Pre-School Education Places 2015/2016

We work in partnership with Aberdeen City Council  for the provision of Council-funded early learning and childcare (EL&C) places.
Further information about getting financial help from the Government site here.
The annual Council funding available for a EL&C place is £2212.74 for a placement of 15.78 hours per week for 38 weeks. If your child attends for fewer hours the funding will be calculated on a pro-rata basis provided they attend for a minimum of 9 hours per week over 38 weeks. The Council will pay us once per term for each of the three terms defined by legislation
Autumn term: August 2015 to December 2015
Spring Term January 2016 to March 2016
Summer Term April 2016 to June 2016

Payment to you will be made by BACS in December, April and July.

Where the total fees in respect of your child will exceed the funding you will receive, you will be responsible for paying the difference to us.

Eligibility

If your child is in his/her ante pre-school year (i.e. two years before being able to start primary school), you will be entitled to funding as follows:
Date of Birth Entitlement to funding

1 Mar 2012 to 31 Aug 2012 --- All three terms (from August 2015)
1 Sep 2012 to 31 Dec 2012 --- Spring and Summer terms (from January 2016)
1 Jan 2013 to 28 Feb 2013----- Summer term only (from April 2016)
If your child was born between 1 March 2011 and 28 February 2012 you will qualify for funding for all three terms for your child's immediate pre-school year.
You may possibly be granted funding for an additional year of EL&C if you choose to defer entry to primary school (dates of birth 1 Aug 2010 to 31 Dec 2010). Decisions about deferral should always be made in consultation with the staff at their nursery who may submit requests to the Council for an additional year’s funding. Requests are considered in the February prior to the beginning of the school year in question.

Hours attended

To qualify for funding, your child must attend for a minimum of nine hours per week.  The maximum annual funded hours are 15.78 hours per week for 38 weeks
Please be aware that you do not qualify for funding with us if your child also attends a local authority school nursery.

Applications for Funding

You should complete Part A of the application form and return it to us along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate, child benefit payment book or passport as evidence of your child’s date of birth.  We will then complete Part B. Personal information on this form will be used only for the purpose of establishing eligibility for EL&C funding and all documents used to evidence date of birth will be destroyed once your application has been processed.

You may be entitled to claim Working Tax Credit to cover childcare costs but you cannot claim this Tax Credit for the pre-school education element if you are awarded EL&C funding by the Council.

For the purposes of processing your personal information Aberdeen City Council is the Data Controller. The nominated representative of the Data Controller is the Head of Legal and Democratic Services. You have a right to obtain details of the personal information that Aberdeen City Council holds about you. Such requests, for which there is a charge, should be made in writing to the Early Years Team at the address below.
Early Years Team, Aberdeen City Council, Frederick Street Centre, Aberdeen AB24 5HY. 

Curriculum and Quality Assurance

We deliver the “Curriculum for Excellence”. We also use the Framework of Quality Indicators and Self-Evaluation for Pre-School centres in “The Child at The Centre - Self Evaluation in the Early Years ” published by HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE).  HMIE is responsible for inspecting providers and Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland for regulating providers.
Parents are entitled to see copies of inspection reports which are displayed in the reception / welcome areas in each Nursery.
Parents will receive an end of year report, summarising their child's progress in the five key curriculum areas.
Further details of our premises, staffing, educational programmes and activities; term dates and the timetable for sessions, admissions policy, systems for reporting children’s progress to parents, complaints procedure, child protection policy, policy for staff training and details of the provision made by it for children with additional support needs can be found on our website, in our prospectus or in the additional information on funded places document.

Deferred Entry to Primary School – Information given by Aberdeen City Council

1. What is deferred entry to primary school?
Children who are 5 years old on or before the last day of February usually start primary school the previous August. However, it is beneficial for some children to have an additional year at pre-school to allow them time to mature and develop skills to become independent, confident learners ready for primary one.
2. If I choose to defer entry to primary one, am I entitled to a nursery place during the deferred year?
Children whose 5th birthdays are in January or February are entitled to a nursery place during that school year.
Children whose 5th birthdays fall on or between the day after the date of commencement of the school year immediately preceding their 5th birthday and 31st December may access a nursery place during that school year at the discretion of the Local Authority.
3. When do I need to decide?
The decision should be taken during the school year immediately preceding the school year during which the child would normally start school.
4. How do I decide?
Your child needs to be confident and independent before they start school. It may help to think seriously about whether your child can do the following:
Can your child –
• Separate easily from parent/carer.
• Get dressed and undressed by him/herself.
• Take off and put on his/her shoes.
• Go to the toilet independently and wash his/her own hands.
• Share his/her toys and take turns.
• Tidy toys away.
• Sit in a group and listen to instructions.
• Express their own needs and talk about experiences.
• Feel confident and cope with new situations.

Who can help me make this decision?

• Members of the pre-school staff who are familiar with your child or the Head Teacher of the primary school you wish your child to attend.

What should I do if I wish a pre-school education place for my child in his/her deferred year?
• Complete an application form for a pre-school education place at the centre of your choice.