| Admissions, Term dates, Special Needs and Safeguarding |
| Admission Arrangements |
Please note: Our nursery is very popular and we generally have a waiting list. Once your child has a nursery place we ask that they attend every day. If they are sick, please phone the office to let us know. If your child fails to attend on a regular basis they could lose their nursery place, because the Government funding has to be accounted for.
The information below reflects the latest Plymouth City Council Admission Agreements:
PCC Nursery School Admissions Arrangements
| Admissions ~ Nursery School |
All children who are three and over are eligible for 15 hours of Nursery Education Funding. At Plym Bridge Nursery School we are currently able to admit your child from their third Birthday. We also offer places for 3 + 4 Year olds who have 30hrs funding
Our school has a Planned Admission Number of 65 meaning we can take 65 children in the morning and 65 in the afternoon.
When spaces are limited we will operate a waiting list with priority being given to families who have registered earliest. If the school is full your child will need to wait to start until the term following their third Birthday; as follows:
i. Those entering in the Autumn Term (Term 1) must have had their 3rd birthday on or before the 31st August that year.
ii. Those entering in the Spring Term (Term 3) must have had their 3rd birthday on or before the 31st December the previous year.
iii. Those entering in the Summer Term (Term 5) must have had their 3rd birthday on or before the 31st March that year.
Application forms should be completed and returned to the school office along with your child?s birth certificate.
As a Local Authority maintained Nursery School we can accommodate children who will be going to any primary school. We work hard to ensure that your child has a successful transition to their next school and as such liaise closely with all the schools our children go onto.
| Admissions ~ Day Care |
For Day Care places the nursery will hold a waiting list of the names of children wishing to attend the nursery. Parents will be asked to complete an application form and state the number of sessions they require. Parents will be notified at the earliest opportunity of an available place.
Children who have Me2 funding are able to start in the term after their second Birthday according to the same criteria as set out for three year olds above.
| Term Dates |
Our term dates for both the Day Care and Nursery School Can be downloaded below:
||Plym Bridge Term Dates (2019-2020).pdf||
| Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) |
What is ‘SEND’?
SEND stands for Special Educational Needs or/ and disability. As part of the Plymouth Nursery Schools Federation we believe that all children should have the opportunity to grow in self-esteem and develop towards their full potential.
We value all children no matter what their gender, race, religion, creed or ability. We aim to provide the highest quality of education and care for all the children who attend at whatever age.
Many children develop without any need for additional support from home or school and thrive in the two Nursery's provisions.There will be some children who, for whatever reason, may require additional support and help. We believe that by recognising this and working together with the families we can help to ensure that these children's needs are met early, giving them the best possible chance to make progress and be fulfilled.
Often, early help and support is all children need to help them to thrive, however sometimes they will need on-going support as they move through their education and life.
We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to help all children and will work together with the family, other professionals and later schools to ensure the best for all our children.
The latest report can be seen by downloading the PDF below.
|The PNSF SEND policy can be viewed at the"General Policies" page at this link|
| Safeguarding |
At Plym Bridge Nursery School and Children’s Centre we are committed to building a culture of safety, in which children are protected from harm.
Our ten Safeguarding commitments are:
|1. We will endeavour to promote the well-being of all children, taking every reasonable step to minimise the risk of harm by working together with them and their families, and in partnership with other agencies, to provide a holistic and shared approach to safeguarding.|
2. We shall ensure our care takes consideration of children’s cultural, religious, ethnic and racial origin, respecting the diverse characteristics of neighbourhoods, families and individuals; whilst recognising that parents have the primary responsibility to protect and promote the welfare of the children within their own family. Wherever possible, we will work with parents to assist in these responsibilities.
3. We will take our responsibilities seriously and will play a full and active role in the protection of children; raising the awareness of all our practitioners and highlighting their own individual responsibilities in relation to safeguarding, identifying and reporting concerns. We believe that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.
4. We will monitor the well-being of all children, with particular regard to those who are vulnerable, such as those with Child Protection or Child in Need Plans, looked-after children, those with additional needs or who have English as an additional language through children’s development records, CAF reviews and involvement in Child Protection Plan.
5. We will encourage effective information sharing protocols to ensure the early identification of children who are at potential risk of significant harm; maintaining confidential, accurate and factual records of any concerns, allegations or disclosures, together with the actions taken in response to these.
|6. We will have a Designated Person for Safeguarding (DPS) responsible for managing all safeguarding and child protection issues and concerns and for ensuring all practitioners receive regular, appropriate and up-to-date levels of training (Headteacher with support from Deputy Centre Leader).|
7. We will provide a caring, positive, safe and stimulating environment in which children learn and develop, feel secure, valued and respected, giving them the confidence to talk to and share information with familiar adults.
8. We will employ safer recruitment practices and carry out appropriate checks to ensure the suitability of practitioners working with or having access to children (following Plymouth City Council guidelines).
9. We will take all allegations made against any practitioner seriously, and will follow agreed and identified procedures in accordance with Children’s Social Care (CSC), and in consultation with the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO).
10. We will work within the South West Child Protection Procedures, in line with the Government guidance, ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused’; ensuring regular reviews and up-dating of information, which will be shared with both practitioners and families. We will refer to the South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Group Website (www.swcpp.org.uk), which is continually updated where we can access the most up-to-date information.
What is Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)?
Early Years Pupil Premium is an additional sum of money provided by the Government to help Early Years providers to support all children to achieve their full potential and to close the achievement gap which can affect some of the most disadvantaged children.
For each three and four-year-old child that qualifies, the nursery is able to claim up to £300 extra per year. This funding can be used in any way that will improve the quality of the early years education provided for your child.
If you receive any of the following benefits, your child may qualify for Early Years Pupil Premium:
- Universal Credit – provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7400, assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods;
- Income Support;
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance;
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit;
- Child Tax Credit (provided family is not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have a gross income of no more than £16,190);
- Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
You may also qualify if your child has:
- Been looked after by the local authority for at least one day;
- Been adopted from care;
- Left care through a special guardianship order or a child arrangement order in England or Wales.
Early Years Pupil Premium at Plym Bridge Nursery School:
The way that Plym Bridge Nursery uses the pupil premium changes
based on the developmental needs and interests of eligible children. This is
reviewed on a termly basis.
To view our current plan in relation to Early Years Pupil
Premium, please click on the link below: