From January 2020 Pine Cones will be open from 8am to 4pm.
We have a few spaces left for the academic year 2020-21 . Please ring the Pine Cones Manager for further details.
We are open from 8am to 4pm every weekday during term time and we have 30 places for preschool children from 2 years and 9 months (32 months) up to school age.
Pinecones is open from 8am to 4pm and has places for 30 children in any one session. Children are expected to attend a minimum of two sessions a week. The places will be allocated according to a first come first served basis on the following criteria:
Funded term time sessions (from 7th September 2020)
Hours per day:
9am – 12pm
9am – 3pm
1pm – 4pm
A maximum of 7 hours funding can be claimed each day between the hours of 9am and 4pm.
All additional sessions will be charged at rate of £5 per hour. Breakfast and after school sessions will include cereal (am), snack (pm) and a drink.
Delicious, healthy hot lunches freshly cooked on site by The Pines chef are available at the cost of £2.35 per child, per day.
For non-funded places, there will be a £50 registration fee (which will be deducted from your first invoice). This is to secure the place and will be payable on confirmation.
Invoices will be sent out on a half-termly basis, in advance, from September 2020. Please note, no refunds will be issued for closures out of our control (i.e severe weather, local lockdown)
All children are entitled to 15 funded hours of pre-school education from the term after their third birthday. We accept childcare vouchers, there is also funding available for some two-year olds, please see link: www.suffolk.gov.uk/two. We also offer 30 hours free Early Years Education and Tax Free Childcare. To find out more information please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
Fees continue to be payable if a child is absent due to illness (including self-isolation) and due to circumstances beyond our control (e.g. closure due to severe weather). Each child’s attendance at the Pine Cones is conditional upon continued payment of any necessary fees. Holidays must be notified in writing at least 4 weeks in advance and will be charged at a 50% reduced rate. Please note, we require a half-terms notice if you wish to change the number of sessions your child attends.
The Pine Cones Pre-School is open every day during term time from 8 to 4pm and the staff ratios are worked out according to the legal requirements, this means that we are unable to let children start the sessions earlier or later than the sessions that have been booked and paid for. The doors are opened at the start of the relevant sessions and we are unable to allow access to the premises before the relevant times.A charge will be levied for late collection of £1 per minute. This will be invoiced to you by the school office
Please note, we require a half-terms notice if you wish to change the number of sessions your child attends.
A place at the Pine Cones Pre-School does not guarantee a primary school place. Please see the school admission page for further details on how to apply to The Pines Primary School.
Applications for Spring/Summer Terms 2021
Pre-school sessions for will be allocated according to our admissions criteria. Please complete the application form below to register your interest:
The term dates and staff training days are on the Pines Primary School website under 'Opening Times'.