Nursery Funding is available for 3 and 4 year olds. Every child is entitled to a maximum of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. The government provides this funding to ensure that children can receive 2 years of free education before they start school. Parents can top up this funding if their child is in pre-school for longer than this per week.
What other free provisions are under 5’s entitled to? (Unit 3.2 AC1.1)
Under 5’s are entitled to free school meals, milk and a free piece of fruit per day. Children in Key Stage 1 are also entitled to free school meals.
Describe what a ‘Sure Start Centre’ provides? (Unit 3.2 AC1.1)
The core purpose of Sure Start children’s centres is to improve outcomes for young children and their families, with a particular focus on those in greatest need. They work to make sure all children are properly prepared for school, regardless of background or family circumstances. They also offer support to parents. They're a great place to meet new people and get professional advice on health and family issues, details of childcare providers and benefits advice. They provide children with the opportunity to integrate and play with children their own age prior to starting school. The service is free.
Explain the characteristics of the different types of schools in relation to educational stages and school governance (Unit 3.2 AC1.2)
Type of school
These are run and owned by the local authority, which also support the school by developing links with the community and offering many support services. In community school the local authority will almost always finalise the admissions policy. The local authority will also help any outside groups within the community to have access to the schools facilities for classes such as sports/exercise clubs.
FOUNDATION & TRUST SCHOOLS
Foundation schools are ran by their own governing body, which will set out their own admissions criteria, with consultation with the local authority. The governing body or a charitable trust will own the school, land and any other buildings. Trust schools, whilst also a type of foundation school, will have formed a formed a charitable trust with an outside partner, quite often a business. Any support services a Trust school requires will have to be bought in. The governing body along with the parents, can make the decision to become a trust school.
VOLUNTARY AIDED SCHOOLS
Voluntary Aided Schools, whilst premarily being religious or faith school, are ran by their own governing body just like a foundation school, and anyone can apply for a place. The buildings and are usually owned by a religious organisation or charity. Funding will come from the governing body, the charity and the local authority. The local authority will also provide support services.
VOLUNTARY CONTROLLED SCHOOLS
Voluntary Controlled Schools are run and funded by the local authority who will also employ the staff and provide support services. A charity, often a religious organisation will own the land and buildings.
Elton Church of England Primary School is a voluntary aided school. It is in a small rural primary school on the Cambridgeshire/Peterborough border and home to approximately 130 pupils aged 4-11years.
The school is one of the oldest Church of England schools in the Diocese of Ely, being founded under the wills of Jane and Frances Proby 1711 "to provide for the children of the Parish of Elton to be taught to read, write, cast accounts and the Catechism of the Church of England".
Today we are a thriving school serving Elton and the surrounding villages of Wansford, Water Newton, Stibbington, Haddon, Alwalton and Chesterton. We also serve communities from the wider areas of Hampton and the Ortons in Peterborough.