Larks 2-3 Year Olds
Our Early Years Welcome Brochure
Meet the team in our 2 Year Old classroom
Free childcare funding for two year olds
Lark Hill Community Primary School began offering free childcare for two year olds in September 2015. A maximum of 12 children attend each session in our Larks 2-3 Year Old Room
The aim of the funding is:
- To improve outcomes for our parents by supporting them to take up training or go back to work
- To improve learning outcomes for two year olds in order to close the gap between those children living in the most disadvantaged communities
How many hours can I access?
15 hours of free childcare a week - 5 mornings 8.30 - 11.30 a.m. or 5 afternoons 12.15 - 3.15(term time only - 38 weeks of the year)
That's 15 hours a week of playing, painting, reading, cooking, climbing, singing, dancing, dressing up, running around, building, gardening - whatever activity children like to do and most of all your child is learning with other children. It's also 15 hours a week for you to have a break, study or look for work.
Are you eligible for funding?
To be considered for two year old funding a child and their family must be in receipt of at least one of the following benefits or meet one of the other criteria listed below.
· Income Support
· Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
· Universal Credit
· Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
· The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
· Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
· The Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
· A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
o they’re looked after by a local council (fostered)
o they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
o they get Disability Living Allowance
o they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
Our Larks 2-3 Year Olds provision serves our local community and surrounding area. When parents and carers choose our 2 Year Old provision we share information with them about our school and particularly how to apply for places in our school Nursery. We work alongside our children, parents and carers to ensure a smooth transition to Nursery for each child.
We are an inclusive setting and support children with special educational needs and disabilities and children for whom English is an additional language. We work closely with local Health Visitors, our local Children's Centre, Salford Local Authority Starting Life Well Service and SEN services to ensure the best outcomes for all our children.
Our 2 Year Old offer also includes targeted Speech, Language and Communication support for families as well as support from our Pastoral Team. This can include support with parenting and signposting to support regarding jobs, debt and housing issues, well-being and relationship support.
We have a dedicated 2-3 Year Old room within school with age appropriate toys and equipment. The outdoor space is fully enclosed. Our older 3 year olds may also spend some time with staff visiting the Nursery and playing in their large garden area.
The Assistant Head Teacher for Early Years oversees our 2 Year Old Room and is supported by 2 Teaching Assistants with appropriate early years qualifications and 1 Teaching Assistant who is working towards gaining a Level 1 qualification. Staff have an outstanding knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage and use their excellent skills to observe, assess and plan for next steps which effectively challenge children's rapid learning and development. All the staff give consistently high levels of priority to the safety of the children and support the children's growing understanding of how to keep themselves safe and healthy.
Our Larks provision aims to celebrate the unique characteristics and development of children who are two years old. Children go through incredible changes, their brains grow more rapidly than they ever will again - at time a million connections are forming every second between their brain cells! We hope to show that if children are supported through these changes by a close partnership between parents/carers and staff who share the wonder and excitement of two year olds, this can have a life-long impact on children's learning and on their enjoyment of life. We have a highly effective Key Person system which supports our children to feel confident, competent and emotionally secure.
Our partnership with parents is extremely successful and significantly contributes to children's well-being. We support home learning with Take Home Bags which include toys and activities to meet each child's developmental target. A weekly Library Loan system encourages children and parents/carers to develop a love of shared stories and prepare for the routine of taking reading books home in school.
The Pastoral Team in school can also support our parents and carers to train as school volunteers. We have a lovely, warm and inviting Parent Cabin with linked garden area which is available for all parents and carers to access. Our Parent Volunteers make everyone feel very welcome and will tell you about the wonderful opportunities there are on offer at Lark Hill Community Primary School for you and your child.
What to Expect When - A Parent Guide.
The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.
COMING SOON - TAPESTRY - an easy to use online learning journal
Want to receive photos and observations of your child learning through play in the Larks?
We'd also love you to send in photos and comments about what your child enjoys playing with and their interests from home. These can then be saved in your child's electronic learning journal in school. Sharing information helps your child get the best possible support for their learning and development.
Download the app and ask staff for your child's log in.. It's as simple as that! Thank you
Home Learning ideas - how you can support your children's learning and development at home
Homework takeaway menus.
Through the eyes of a child - The Communication Trust
The Communication Trust produced this film to help parents encourage their children's communication development. Narrated by comedian Kathy Burke, the film is full of useful advice on how parents can encourage their child to talk and interact with them. - See more at: https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources/resources-for-parents/through-the-eyes-of-a-child
Photo gallery showing routines and experiences with our children and parents/carers
Family Teddy Bears' Picnic - 9th June 2017
Despite the rain, the Family Teddy Bears' Picnic was a wonderful day. The event started with a shared Hello song and teddy bear songs and rhymes. We then had a carousel of activities which parents and children visited. One of these was a gluing activity which the morning children loved, however we decided to offer jigsaws for the afternoon event which was supported by volunteers from a company called Turner & Townsend! They have been working with Lark Hill Primary School this past academic year as part of a wider UK schools programme.
The rain held off for a little while both in the morning and afternoon and so we were able to visit our magical Butterfly Garden full of glorious vegetables, herbs and the odd fairy! The Parent Volunteers, who also supported us with this event, spend a lot of their own time managing this garden and taking the children in school to visit it. It is a beautiful, calm oasis and many parents at the picnic said how fantastic it was and they had really enjoyed their time smelling the herbs and watching the minibeasts with their children.
Rather than risk getting drenched, we spread our picnic blankets in the school hall and tucked into a healthy fruit and veg snack prepared by our Parent Volunteers. They also provided the splendid picnic hampers and blankets.
Everyone seemed to really enjoy this shared event and the children will be encouraged to talk about it and plan further picnics in their Larks garden or go back to the Butterfly Garden for another picnic! We will continue to share stories about picnics including 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy and 'We're Going on a Picnic' by Rosie Hutchins. (The local library will have copies of these stories as well)