Useful Information, guidance and Links
At Little Lambs kindergarten we strive to offer the children and their families an excellent early years educational programme. As part of this we feel it is important that the whole family feels they can be a part of this experience. We aim for families to feel supported as parent's / carer's and know that they can access help and guidance should they need it.
Below we have compiled a collection of information which may be of interest for you or your family. We welcome your comments and ideas to enhance and develop this collection, so please email us at Littlelambs2011@yahoo.co.uk with any information or links you feel would be useful.
Understanding how your child will develop and learn
An Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework is in place in England which describes the things a nursery, pre-school, childminder or reception class in a school, should be doing. It describes what children should learn and what levels of development they can be expected to reach at certain ages and stages.
A new simpler version of this framework was introduced in September 2012. All Early Years settings (nursery, school, pre-school or childminder) should have things in place to help you support your child's early learning.
Health and development checks
Your child will be offered a Healthy Child Programme review between 2 and 2½ years. The health visitor will carry out a health and development check. Any development or health problems may be picked up at this review and your child referred to specialists if needed. Your nursery, pre-school or childminder will give you a short written summary of your child's progress at around this age (from September 2012) to share with your health visitor. This will be based on a development and progress check, and will help you see if your child needs any extra support. This can be included in your child's personal healthcare record, the 'Red Book', and shared with others who might be able to help.
Ask your health visitor or children's centre if you think you and your child may need extra help.
You might also be offered a further health and development review when your child is aged 4–5, so you and your health visitor can make sure the child is up to date with immunisations, discuss general health and development and check on any dental health questions you may have.
In addition you and your child will have access to the school nursing service, this will support the health and being of your child through the school-aged years and build on the support provided by your health visitor.
Your two year old will be entitled to up to 570 hours free childcare over the year if you claim any of the following:
Children are also eligible, regardless of the parent's income, if they
have left the care of the local authority under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.
are looked after by a local authority.
get DLA (Disability Living Allowance)
have a statement of Special educational need's or an education, health and care plan.
Parents who think they are eligible should apply for a place at FIS (Families information Service):
Child's 2nd They will be entitled They can contact Birthday to their place from FIS From: Between:
01.April & Start of the Autumn From April 31.Aug term in September
01.Sept & The start of the spring From Sept 31.Dec term in January
01.Jan & The start of the summer From January 31.March term after Easter
The offer is 15hours a week for 38 weeks a year term time only. This must be used as a minimum of 2.5hrs and a maximum of six hours a day, and on at least two days a week.