About the Preschool

About Us

Frome Valley Preschool was opened in September 2012 and is an integral part of Frome Valley First School. It provides high quality preschool education and care for children aged 3 to 5 years. Our fully trained staff support the individual learning needs of the child and through the use of observations and assessments builds up a unique picture of their learning journey.

PRESCHOOL SESSIONS 

Frome Valley Preschool is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm, term time only.
 
Morning session               9.00am to 12.00pm
Afternoon session            12.00pm to 3.00pm  


EARLY EDUCATION FUNDING FOR 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS

All children aged 3 and 4 years are entitled to receive 15 hours of free early learning and childcare funding per week for 38 weeks a year. This will start the term following their third birthday up to and including the term in which they turn five or start at a state maintained school, whichever comes first.

The term dates for this purpose are set by the Secretary of State and are:

  • Autumn term: 1 September to 31 December
  • Spring term: 1 January to 31 March
  • Summer term: 1 April to 31 August
A minimum of 2.5 hours and a maximum of 10 hours may be taken in any one day.
 
30 HOURS
 

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work - or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week - this is £120 if you’re over 25

This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

To apply you’ll need your details (and your partner’s, if you have one), including your:

  • National Insurance number or
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed

It takes 20 minutes to apply. You may find out if you’re eligible straight away, but it can take up to 7 days.

Once you have your unique code you will need to bring it to the pre-school for the second eligibility check.  You can then book sessions for your child. (subject to availability)  You will also need to confirm eligibility every three months in order to continue claiming the extra funding.  This can be done through your personal account with the HMRC.  Any questions please speak to Gemma.

FEES

Parents and Carers claiming Early Years funding have their child’s fees paid directly to the Preschool by Dorset County Council. Parents not entitled to this funding or who register their child for additional weekly sessions the fees are as follows:

 

Morning Session    (9am - 12pm)           £11.75

Afternoon Session (12pm - 3pm)           £11.75

Full Day                 (9am - 3pm)            £21.00