Early Years Funding (EYF)
Children are eligible for the Early Years Entitlement the term following their 3rd birthday. The school will deduct the entitlement hours from the fees. Sunny Hill Nursery does not accept funding for two year olds.
For eligible families, the Nursery will claim Early Years Funding (Universal and Extended) from Somerset County Council on your behalf, for the appropriate number of hours, for each of the three funding terms a year.
Spring (1 January to 31 March)
Summer (1 April to 31 August)
Autumn (1 September to 31 December)
The Early Years Entitlement only covers the delivery of the EYFS. It does not cover the cost of consumable items or additional services such as specialist forest school teaching, access to facilities, PE, cooking, snacks and meals. Snacks include a variety of fruit, vegetables, cheese, crackers and other foods from around the world. Our hot lunches are 2 courses, and are carefully planned to suit all dietary needs. We consider a reduced sugar diet and encourage a healthy relationship with food. The children have the use of 2 playgrounds for bikes, trikes, climbing, a field for flying kites, hedgerow for foraging and a forest school site. Our forest school area is a separate secure part of the site with fire pit, shelter and mud kitchens. We also have a large hall for PE and a family room, dedicated to parents and siblings. Our family room has tea and coffee making facilities and is for parents of Sunny Hill Nursery children to meet others or have a few moments to themselves. The cost of these Additional Resources and Services are charged as an additional fee of £2.99 per hour (from April 2023).
For more information please refer to the government website Childcare Choices.
Funding Only Places
For those parents who only wish to access the standard early years provision and not make use of any of the additional resources and services stated above, we hold 2 funding only places on a Monday and Friday morning session. These children may bring their own snack, in accordance with the current allergies risk assessment and healthy eating ethos at Sunny Hill. Funding only places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and once full, names will be put on a waiting list for a funded only place. Parents may contact Head of Nursery email@example.com about availability.
The Universal Entitlement
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of funded childcare over 38 weeks (570 hours over a year). This is knows as the "Universal Entitlement."
At Sunny Hill, our funded hours are between 8.30am and 3.30pm. Therefore we have 7 funded hours a day, or 3.5 hours if your child attends morning only, or indeed Lunch and Afternoon sessions. Twilight is not a funded session. All children become eligible for funding in the funding period after their 3rd birthday. The maximum Universal Entitlement is for 15 hours per week which is claimed by the nursery from Somerset County Council (SCC) and treats the first 15 hours per week of sessions attended as qualifying for the SCC entitlement.
The Extended Entitlement
We accept Extended Early Years Entitlement; an additional 15 hours a week over 38 weeks (570 hours over a year). Parents need to meet the eligibility criteria, which can be found at Childcare Choices. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure the Extended funding code is reconfirmed and valid for each funding period and the updated codes submitted to the nursery. Sunny Hill Nursery will not be responsible for invalid funding codes.