We have a 78 place nursery provision offering 15 and 30 hours government funded entitlement starting in the term after children turn three years old. Applications are welcomed throughout the year and we encourage parents/carers to submit these as early as possible to secure a place in the waiting list. Places are allocated depending on entitlement and in turn by term of eligibility in accordance with the following admissions policy:
Applications to the Nursery are accepted from anyone living within the Northampton area.
Places will be offered by term of eligibility to receive funding for 3 year olds, linked with the following criteria:
1st priority children in care or being looked after, named school on EHC Plan
2nd priority applications from children with siblings in school
3rd priority all other applications from children in areas with postcodes starting NN5 6 and Ryehill Estate.
Priority will be given on the basis of distance between the child’s home and the school, measured by a straight-line.
4th priority all other applications
Children attending Nursery the academic year before they start school will be given priority for Nursery places. Younger children who will attend the nursery during more than one academic year will be allocated a place when available. If they are eligible to start Nursery during that academic year but there are no places, they will be prioritised for the new academic year.
Parents are required to complete the funding Parental Contract form for each term, should their be any discrepancy between the hours claimed and the hours available to claim, the parent will be liable for any shortfall and will be charged for the remaining hours sessions in line with current Nursery Funding Formula calculations.
If places are available children will be able to attend for more than the 15 funded hours at a cost of £16 per additional session attended payable via ParentPay. These additional sessions must be booked via the school office. Lunch club is also available for children attending both the morning and afternoon sessions at a cost of £4 per day. This must also be booked via the school office and paid via ParentPay.
Having completed the application form, if you believe you are eligible to 30 funded hours of provision for your child, it will be necessary for you to complete the HMRC online eligibility checker. These checks must be completed by parents/carers wishing to access 30 funded hours and re-checks must be completed every 3 months. The initial check must be completed in the school term before your child is eligible to start the funded place, once places have been allocated parents/cares will be contacted to ensure they have accessed the site. Upon completion you will be given an 11 digit reference which must be provided to the school along with the national insurance number of the parent/carer completing the online check. This is then confirmed by us in preparation for your child joining the nursery.
We will update parents/carers are required with information and reminders when needed
2 Year Olds Funding
In certain circumstances we are able to accept children to Nursery in the term they turn three years old, know as a 'Rising 3 Place'. Some of these children are entitled to two year old funding if they meet certain criteria. You can check your eligibility for this funding on the Northamptonshire County Council website:
Children in Early Years are also eligible to apply for Pupil Premium funding which provides the school with additional funds to support children's learning and development. the criteria is as follows:
Do you receive one of the following?
Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Or has your child been:
Been looked after by Northamptonshire County Council for at least one day
Been adopted from care in Northamptonshire
Left care through special guardianship; and subject to a child arrangement order setting out with whom the child is to live (formerly known as residence orders) in Northamptonshire
If you can answer yes to any of the above, please contact our School Business Manager who can complete an eligibility check for you as part of your funding claim.
Nursery Provision at Hopping Hill Primary School