Key Information

Opening Times and Sessions

Monday

8.50am – 12pm
12pm – 1pm
12pm – 3pm

Morning session
Lunch club
Afternoon session

Tuesday

8.50am – 12pm
12pm – 1pm
12pm – 3pm

Morning session
Lunch club
Afternoon session

 Wednesday

8.50am – 12pm
12pm – 1pm
12pm – 3pm

Morning session
Lunch club
Afternoon session

Thursday

8.50am – 12pm
12pm – 1pm
12pm – 3pm

Morning session
Lunch club
Afternoon session

Friday

8.50am – 12pm
12pm – 1pm
12pm – 3pm

Morning session
Lunch club
Afternoon session

Buttercups take children from two years up to the age of five (i.e. starting School).

Children three years and above can attend any of our sessions. Children under three generally attend morning sessions i.e. up to 12pm. But they can stay in the afternoons, if they no longer need an afternoon nap.

Places are prioritised to children of three years and over. At busy times Buttercups may introduce a maximum number of places in each session for children under the age of three (this enables the staff to give the right level of attention to the younger children without compromising the older children).

Please note that all our sessions are flexible, for example, children aged three and above can attend morning, morning and lunch, afternoon (including lunch), or a full day. We find that a full day can sometimes be too much for some younger children but each child is different, so please discuss your individual requirements with us.

We also provide additional flexibility to parents and carers needs, as children can be dropped off and picked up at any time during the day. For example, on Tuesday afternoons a number of parents picked up their children at 2.30pm, this allowed them to go direct to the village ballet class.

For longer hours the Meadow Out of School Club (who operate in the same building as the Pre-school) takes Pre-school children before and after our sessions, i.e. from 7.45 am to 8.50am and after 3pm. If you want to take advantage of longer sessions please talk to us about it and we can provide you with more information.

Fees and Funding

The Buttercups Committee agrees the level of fees in the summer for the following academic year. The following fees are applicable for 2021/22.

During the morning session, nutritional snacks are provided for all of the children at a suggested cost of 50p per day.

Fees for 2021/22


Children over 3

Children under 3*

Charges for a 3 hour session
i.e. 8.50 am – 12pm or 12pm – 3pm

£15.00

£17.25

Charge for a full day
i.e. 8.50 am – 3pm

£30.00

£34.50

Charge per hour
i.e. 12pm – 1pm
£5.00
£5.75

* Children under 3 until the term after they turn 3

Parents/carers will be invoiced Fees every half term, but flexible payment plans are available. We accept payment via Childcare Vouchers and Government schemes.

A child’s attendance at the setting is conditional upon continued payment of any fees.

Fees are still payable when a child is absent due to holidays, or sickness.

The Buttercups Committee will try to accommodate all family circumstances and a flexible payment/instalment system can easily be arranged. Our Fees Policy provides further information regarding fees and payment.

Nursery Education Funding

Funded 3’s & 4’s

All children are currently eligible to receive Nursery Education Funding from the term after they turn three years old. This is called a univeral allowance or entitlement. For term time claims, up to 15 hours can be claimed per child, per week and these hours can be split over more than one setting.

Some working families are eligible for an extra 15 hours a week of free childcare, this is called Extended Entitlement. Parents need to check their eligibility for the extra 15 hours a week, this can be done on the Childcare Choices website. A link for this can be found on our Useful Information page.

Children eligible for Nursery Education Funding will receive a form to be completed and returned to the Pre-school. It is important that these are returned promptly so that the Pre-school can apply for the funding. If you have any queries regarding funding, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions and Finance Officer.

Funded 2’s

The setting is registered to provide care and education to parents/carers in receipt of funded two funding. This is available to a parent in receipt of certain benefits.

If you think you may be eligible to receive such funding please contact our Admissions and Finance Officer, or look a Cambridgeshire County Councils website.

Enrolment and Admissions

We take admissions throughout the year and allocate places in accordance with our Admissions Policy. If we cannot offer you a place when you apply we will put your application on a waiting list and contact you once a place becomes available. We do get very busy and if you want a place we recommend that you get in touch well in advance of your child starting, for example the year before they will start.

To apply please contact us to discuss your requirements, we will then send you our applications paperwork. We request that you arrange a visit to come and visit the Pre-school before accepting a place, so you are happy that we can provide the right environment for you and your child. To arrange a visit to our Pre-school or to get more information, or the application forms please contact the Pre-school Lead Practitioner (Kirsty) on 01223 894608, or e-mail buttercupspreschool@yahoo.com.

A copy of our Admissions and Waiting List policy is available from the setting

Term dates

For 2021/22 we are open the same days as the Meadow Primary School, Balsham.

2021/2022 Term Dates

Parent Letters and Information

Starting Pre-school can be a worrying process for parents/carers and their children. Please speak to us if you have any concerns, or worries. We want the transition into our setting to be as easy and carefree as possible.

When you start at Pre-school it is important to know what to bring, etc. We will provide you with a New Parents Letter, which will explain the day to day practices at our setting.

Newsletter

Each half term we also produce a parent newsletter setting out what activities we are planning to do each week with the children. This may change based on parental comments and feedback and each child’s interests.

An example newsletter can be found below.

Example Newsletter (.pdf)

Parent Mails

Each week we send out communications to parents updating them of new activities, changes, news and events.

Twitter and YouTube

We have our own Twitter feed and YouTube channel. On Twitter we put pictures of what we have done in the setting and some of the children’s work. Access to this account is on a request basis and restricted to current parents.

On our YouTube channel we have posted videos of the setting, welcome messages and stories from our staff. It is updated regularly.

Visit our YouTube Channel