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1st Place Children & Parents Centre, Chumleigh Gardens 8am till 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Burgress Park ,
London SE5 0RN
0207 740 8070,
1st Place at Cambridge House 8am till 6pm, Monday to Friday,
1 Addington Square,
0207 358 7009
1st Place at Lorrimore Square 8am till 6pm, Monday to Friday,
0203 841 9000
All 3 and 4 year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week for 38 weeks of the year. Your child is entitled to receive it from the term after your child turns 3.
1st Place offers a limited number of funded places (15 hours per week, term-time only) for 2 year olds through the government’s Free Early Education programme. We currently have a large waiting list for these places, and each time we have a space in one of our nurseries, we will offer this to a 2 year old child on our waiting list. The offer of free early learning for eligible two year old children is aimed at those families who may not otherwise benefit from early learning at this age, so we have chosen to offer our funded spaces to this age group. Children who join us at 2 years old then stay with us until they go onto primary school.
This means that, unfortunately, we are not able to offer the 15 hour funded places to children who are 3 or over at the time of joining the nursery. Parents are able to use their 15 hour entitlement with us as part of a paid place, and top up the 15 hours if they wish. There are many other providers within Southwark who do offer these places for 3 and 4 year olds, and Southwark council maintain a list of nurseries online http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200016/childcare/1513/nurseries. Or you can contact the Family Information Service http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200017/children_and_families/545/family_information_service
Some 2 year-olds are eligible for 15 hours’ free education. To qualify you must be in receipt of one of the following:
We are a nut free centre. Please consider this if bringing food in.
Unlimited Tea/coffee/water, also biscuits.
Any other supplies such as breakfast buns, cakes, paper, pens etc.
Your employer can provide vouchers that can be used towards the cost of childcare. You can receive up to the following amounts in childcare vouchers each month without having to pay tax or National Insurance on them.
The vouchers may be offered as a benefit on top of your ordinary pay or through a ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme where you permanently give up some ordinary pay in return for vouchers. You’ll pay tax on any extra vouchers your employer pays unless you earn less than £8,500 a year.
1st Place accepts electronic childcare vouchers- we have accounts already set up with several different providers so please contact us to check for an account number. We also accept Direct Payment for childcare from employers which works in the same way as childcare vouchers- please contact us if you need more information on this.
In most cases you have to work for 16 hours a week to qualify. You can get help with up to 70% of your childcare costs. The actual amount you get will depend on your income, the hours you work and your childcare costs.
Tax credits and Universal Credit:
Universal Credit is the new benefit which is going to be replacing tax credits (and other benefits). It’s being introduced in stages over the next few years from April 2013 to October 2017. Universal Credit will be paid as a single monthly payment that will include a standard allowance plus other ‘elements’ – for example for childcare. So the amount you get will depend on your circumstances.
If you’re already claiming tax credits for help with childcare costs, then the Tax Credit Office will tell you when you should claim Universal Credit instead.
If you’re claiming help for the first time you will be told whether to claim Universal Credit or tax credits.
Tax Credit Helpline: 0345 300 3900
If you’re a student, you can use the Student Parents website to see if you are eligible for any other support.
You can provisionally book a room but it will only be held for 1 week.
If you cancel later than 2 weeks prior to your booking you will incur a charge of 30% of the fee. If you fail to attend the booking on the day you will be charged 100% of the fee.
At 1st Place we deliver the standard EYFS Curriculum. We are also inspired by some of the ideas and ways of working in the Reggio Emilia Approach. We have a variety of toys and indoors and outdoors spaces to meet the needs of different age groups and allow all children explore their interests.
Please take a look at Sample Daily routine.