Applying for a place 

Greenfield Pre-School is open from 7.45am to 5.45pm, Monday to Friday, all year round apart from bank holidays, certain teacher training days and the school Christmas break. For the primary school holidays, please see Term Dates under the Parents tab.

As soon as your child turns two, they can start at the pre-school, if we have a space. 

Your child can start at any point of the year but as demand for places is high, we recommend you add your child's name to the waiting list as early as possible. You can do this following your child's first birthday.

Eligibility for Government Funded Hours – Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE)

From 1st September 2017, nationally and across Leicestershire, subject to parents’ meeting the criteria, all three and four year olds are entitled to 30 hours of free early learning and childcare per week for 38 weeks (term-time) of the year (30 hours’ x 38 weeks of term-time = 1,140 hours). This entitlement begins the term after your child’s third birthday. 

A child born between:

Will be eligible for a free place from:

1st January and 31st March

The start of the summer term after their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.

1st April and 31st August

The start of the autumn term after their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.

1st September and 31st December

The start of the spring term after their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.

Two year old funding

From 1st April 2024, subject to parents’ meeting the eligibility criteria, all two year olds of working parents are entitled to 15 hours of funding per week for 38 weeks (term-time) of the year (30 hours’ x 38 weeks of term-time = 570 hours). This entitlement begins the term after your child’s second birthday.

A child born between:

Will be eligible for a free place from:

1st January and 31st March 

The start of the summer term starting on or after 1st April 

1st April and 31st August 

The start of the autumn term starting on or after 1st September 

1st September and 31st December

The start of the spring term starting on or after 1st January 

Eligibility must be checked by a parent/carer every term here. It is a parent/carer's responsibility to ensure their child is eligible and obtain the eligibility code from the Childcare Choices website. The pre-school is not responsible for any errors in eligibility codes and if a child is found to be not eligible for funding, parents/carers are required to pay the full fees.

The free entitlement is term time only (38 weeks) but for parents who require all-year care, we can spread the entitlement over 50 weeks, known as a stretched offer. Please contact us if you wish to look at this.

You can obtain more information on help with childcare costs here. 

Parents who are not working

Some two year olds of parent who are not in work may also receive funding. To qualify you must be in receipt of one of the following:

 - Income Support

 - income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

 - income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

 - Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments

 - child tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax

 - the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

 - the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

 - are looked after by a local authority

 - have an education, health and care (EHCP) plan

 - get Disability Living Allowance

 - have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

If your child is eligible, you can start claiming  the term after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is. 

Parental Statement of Undertaking Form

Parents are required to complete a Parental Statement of Undertaking (PSOU) form, stating how many hours of funding parents wish to claim. This form must be completed at registration and if there are any later changes to funded sessions. Parents will also need to provide their child’s birth certificate when registering their child for the first time.

Registration

If you wish to enquire about a place for your child, please download and complete the new starter enquiry form and hand it into the pre-school office or email to preschool@greenfield.leics.sch.uk Our Sessions and Fees form will show you the sessions we offer.  

Once we have this, your child will be added to our waiting list if you do not need an immediate start. We will the contact you, usually 6 to 8 weeks before your child's proposed start date to arrange for you both to visit pre-school. You will have the opportunity to meet our lovely staff and our Early Years Teacher, who will discuss your child's development and if there are any special requirements.

We will then ask you to complete our New Starter pack with all the information we need after which we will be able to confirm your child's place. If we cannot offer your child a place their name will be added to the waiting list and we will contact you once a space becomes available.

New Starter Enquiry Form GPS

Sessions and Fees 2024 (from 1st April 2024)

For more information please see our Admissions and Charging policy.

Settling in 

We offer 2 settling in sessions for our Pre-School room (3-4 year olds) comprising one session of one hour and one session of two hours based on your child's attendance pattern, either AM or PM.

Parents can opt for a settling in session prior to their funding start date or during the first week, can opt to collect their child early from their sessions. Sessions will be agreed with the Early Years teacher before starting. If we feel that your child needs additional settling in sessions, we will discuss this with you.

Settling in weeks are usually:

Autumn - the week before the first week of FEEE funding (usually when the primary school children return)

Spring - the second week of December

Summer - the week before the Easter break

For our Nursery room (2-3 year olds) we will agree individual arrangements with parents.

Parent communication

At Greenfield Primary, we use a parent e-communications system called Parentmail PMX. Pre-School parents will be sent a text or email invite to register for the system once your child starts with us. This is a secure online system that enables parents to receive letters by email, text reminders and updates, pay for invoices and trips online and report absence. Parentmail works best using the free app available for android and iphones. You can see more about how it works by clicking here.

If you have a child at Greenfield and are already set up on Parentmail, your pre-school child will be automatically added.