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Rachel McMillan Nursery School
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Places and How to apply

Two Year Olds

Places;

  • Children may be eligible under the “Together for Twos” scheme for 15 hours of free early education from the term after they have turned two years old. Information on eligibility is available at Rachel McMillan or any local Children’s Centre.
  • We have 32 part-time places (15 hours a week in term time) for eligible 2 year olds.

Morning session
(15 hours part-time)
8.45 a.m. – 11.45 a.m.
Afternoon session
(15 hours part-time)
12.30 p.m. -3.30 p.m.

Please speak directly to the office staff if you are interested in one of these places. Call in to the office or call 0208 692 4041.

Additionally, depending on the uptake of our “Together for Twos” places, we offer the opportunity to buy a 15 hour part- time place, in either the morning sessions OR the afternoon sessions. A 15 hour place costs £111.00 per week (£7.40 per hour). Applications are kept on file and, as vacancies arise, places are allocated. Again, we admit children to the Nursery in the term after their 2nd Birthday.

Three and Four Year Olds.

Mums, Dads or Carers are invited to fill in an application form around their child's second birthday. Applications are kept on file and, as vacancies arise, places are allocated in accordance with the guidance issued by the Royal Borough of Greenwich admissions policy (copies available from the school office).

15 hour places:

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of early education per week during term time, regardless of the employment status of their mums or dads.

This is free for all families. This entitlement begins at the start of the school term after your child’s third birthday.

30 hours places:

To qualify for a 30 hour place for three and four year olds the following criteria must be met:

Both parents are working (or one parent is working in a single parent family) and each earns on average:

  • A weekly minimum, equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW), and less than £100,000 per year.
  • The living wage is £7.20 an hour. Therefore, the minimum income requirement for a parent (over the age of 25) is the equivalent of £115.20 a week.
  • The minimum wage for 21-24 year olds is £6.70 an hour – therefore the minimum income requirement for this group is the equivalent of £107.20 a week.

The definition of ‘working’ includes employed and self-employed persons and parents on ‘zero hours’ contracts who meet the criteria.

Your child may also be eligible for 30 hours if;

A parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on receiving specific benefit for caring, OR, a parent is temporarily away from the work place on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave, OR, a parent is in receipt of statutory sick pay, OR a parent is disabled or incapacitated and is in receipt of specific benefits
Eligibility will be checked by HMRC and will be based on actual income earned. To find out more please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or call 0300 123 4097. This entitlement begins at the start of the school term after your child’s third birthday.

Please speak directly to the office staff if you want to find out more. Call in to the office or call 0208 692 4041.

For families that are not entitled to 30 hours, there is the opportunity to buy additional hours. Additional hours must be bought in half-day blocks. The hourly rate charged is £7.40.

Both 30 hour and 15 hour places are spread equally across the week (i.e. either 3 hours or 6 hours daily) Children are expected to attend school every day.

How to Apply:

You can visit the School office to find out more or call 0208 692 4041.

  • ‘Together for Twos’ places will need to be discussed directly with the office.
  • You can call into the school office to complete a paper application form.
  • You can follow the links above to our application forms which you can then email to admin@rachelmcmillan.greenwich.sch.uk Applications are kept on file and as vacancies arise, places are allocated.

You are very welcome to visit the nursery. Please call the school office to book an appointment. You will be able to see the learning environment, learn about how the school works as well as discussing your child’s school place here.

Charges – from September 2018:

  • A 15 hour place for 2 year olds eligible for a ‘Together for Twos’ place – Free.
  • A 15 hour place for all 3 and 4 year olds – Free.
  • A 30 hours place for children with a 30 hour eligibility code– the nursery place is free but there is a weekly charge of £20 which includes the cost of lunches and sundries.
  • Additional hours cost £7.40 per hour. Sessions are only sold in blocks of time not as individual hours (apart from the option to buy a lunch hour).
  • Lunch costs £3.10 per lunch.
  • Our school sweatshirts cost £8.50.
  • Extended Day (‘wrap-around care’) is charged at £7.40 per hour. A minimum of 2 sessions must be booked per week. These sessions are not available on an ad hoc basis but need to be a regular arrangement across the school year.
  • The shelters always welcome a donation of fruit, cereal or bread each week OR a contribution to their shelter money pot.
  • We may occasionally ask for a contribution to any trips out to the local area, if there is an associated cost. Children’s inclusion on such trips is not dependent on payment being made.