Early Education and Childcare
Early Education and Childcare
‘Neurological research shows that the early years play a key role in children’s brain development.
Babies begin to learn about the world around them from a very early age – including during the prenatal, perinatal (immediately before and after birth) and postnatal period.
Children’s early experiences – the bonds they form with their parents/main carers and their first learning experiences – deeply affect their future physical, cognitive, emotional and social development.’
Services at the Children's Centre
We offer general PEEP based Play & Learn sessions such as Bump to Crawl, Crawlers to Walkers and Play & Learn 0 – 5 years old.
Please refer to ‘Timetable tab’ for further information – please note advice to parents: These session are normally very busy, if the session is full to capacity you may be turned away and signposted to nearby sessions. Please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.
More about PEEP – Parents Early Education Partnerships:
‘Our evidence – based Learning Together programme supports all parents to create the best start for their children by making the most of everyday learning opportunities – listening, talking, playing, singing and sharing stories and books. Spending time with their parents and carers in these ways helps children become confident communicators and active learners.‘
PEEP is about valuing and building on what people already do; sharing ideas from parents, practitioners, The PEEP programme and wider research; understanding why particular activities help children’s later development.’
For instance, one of the main predictors of how well children will get on at school is the number of words they hear in their first two years of life – so talking and sharing books, stories and songs from birth help enormously; playing with sand and play dough is fun but it also helps develop children’s finger control, which makes it easier to write with a pencil later on.
Specialised workshops to support babies & children's learning and development
Although we do not have childcare at this Centre, we have a list of local registered childcare providers such as nurseries, pre-school groups. Please contact the Children’s Centre for more information.
Additionally if you would like to speak to local home based child carers you are welcome to drop into our registrated Home based child carer’s session, every 1st Wednesday of the month, term time only.
Free Early Education for Two year olds (FEET)
FEET funding offers children aged two years old (from the term after their second birthday) up to 15 hours of free early years provision a week for 38 weeks a year. If a setting is open all year (52 weeks) then it is possible to spread the hours out over the year.
As well as offering families a childcare place, it also helps parents and carers to take up a college course or go back to work and provides ideas on how to help their child play and learn.
You can find out if your child can get FEET by checking the financial and automatically funded criteria by contacting the Children’s Centre, or copy and paste this link into your broswer: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service/choosing-childcare-for-children-and-young-people/paying-for-childcare/free-early-education-for-2-year-olds-feet
Early Education for Three and Four year olds
All three and four year olds living in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early education and childcare a year. This is usually offered as 15 hours a week for up to 38 weeks a year and is a universal entitlement. It can be claimed through an Ofsted registered childcare provider the term after your child’s third birthday.
However, since September 2017 working families who meet the eligibility criteria can also claim an additional 15 hours of funded childcare a week. This means that eligible children will be able to receive up to 1140 hours of funded childcare a year. This change was introduced as part of the Childcare Act 2016.
Children become eligible to receive free early education from the start of the school term following their third birthday.
For additional information, please copy and paste this link into your browser: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service/choosing-childcare-for-children-and-young-people/paying-for-childcare/30-hours-free-childcare-for-working-parents