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Registration Form 2023Terms & Conditions
Once you have checked the availability at your preferred nursery, please read through the terms and conditions and complete the interactive registration form above and email it to the relevant nursery manager.

(A mobile compatible version will be available soon)

Newnham Court Management Team

claire williams

Nursery Manager
claire.barber@pennies.co.uk

Jo cass

Nursery Manager
jo.cass@pennies.co.uk

Amy Mallett

Deputy Manager
amy.mallett@pennies.co.uk

LUCY RALPH

Deputy Manager
lucy.ralph@pennies.co.uk

Hockers Lane Management Team

Caroline Hannant

Nursery Manager
caroline.hannant@pennies.co.uk

Kathryn Fox

Nursery Manager
kathryn.fox@pennies.co.uk

Sarah Lou Stepney

Deputy Nursery Manager
sarah.marriott@pennies.co.uk

mark cross management team

Victoria Atkins

Nursery Manager
victoria.atkins@pennies.co.uk

Rebekah Waterhouse

Deputy Manager
rebekah.waterhouse@pennies.co.uk

Emma Speller

Third In Charge
emma.speller@pennies.co.uk

Supporting new parents

Helping your child settle into nursery
As your maternity or paternity leave concludes and you consider returning to work, your child may begin attending nursery. Transitioning to nursery life can be a source of anxiety, but there are ways to ease the process for both you and your child.

Nurseries offer more than just babysitting; they provide a stimulating environment where your child can explore, make friends, and embark on a learning journey from nursery to preschool.

Consider your child's individual needs and family dynamics to make the nursery environment feel familiar and secure. A designated Key Person will build a positive, secure relationship with you and your child, sending updates and photos during the first weeks. Separation anxiety is normal, but Pennies are well-equipped to handle it.

Give yourself time to adapt to new routines in the morning and stay calm. Stay reachable, make plans, and engage in activities you enjoy during your child's settling period. Remember that this is another parenting stage, and your child will have fun in a safe, caring environment.

Bring familiar items like a favourite teddy or family photos to ease the transition. Communicate your child's likes, dislikes, and home routines to the nursery team. When dropping off, interact with the team, leave with a smile and a kiss, and trust that your child is in experienced and capable hands. You are not alone; the childcare team is committed to helping your child settle into nursery successfully.
Settling in sessions
Settling in sessions at Pennies usually involve three visits, which parents are not charged for.

The first session, you usually stay in the room but steps back when possible, allowing their child to start interacting with their key person and piers. This session allow you to complete any remaining forms and to discuss their child with their key person.

The second session, your child will stay for an hour whilst you leave them after 10 mins once the child is comfortable.

The third session, your child will be dropped off for an hour and you can then return to collect them.

However, where we feel the child would benefit from further settling in sessions, we are happy to arrange this in order to ensure a smooth transition.

It’s important during this settling-in process that your child sees you leave and return, even if you have just left them for an hour or so. This will help them develop trust over the first few settles that you will always return for them, even when you leave them for longer periods.
Tax free childcare
You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, you’ll set up an online childcare account for your child. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider.

You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you’re eligible for both.

Find out more here – https://www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare
Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding given to early years providers to improve the education they provide for eligible three and four-year-olds.

Childcare providers, including day nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and schools, could receive up to £376 a year to support an eligible child’s learning.

Please note, this funding cannot be used to reduce childcare fees.

Your child may be entitled to EYPP funding if they are 3 or 4 years old and are attending a childcare provider and receiving Free Early Education and Childcare Entitlement.

Your child will be able to get EYPP if your family is in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Tax credits, and you have an income of under £16,190 before tax
- Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit, and you have an annual net earned income equivalent up to and not exceeding £7,200 assessed on up to three of the parent’s most recent Universal Credit assessment periods.

Or if you are not receiving any benefits, your child will be able to get EYPP if they:
- are looked after by a local authority in England or Wales (“in care”)
- Have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order in England or Wales

How to apply for EYPP?
Please ask as for assistance and we will be happy to help. You can also give permission for us to claim on your behalf for EYPP in part five of the Early Years funding parental declaration form.

How does EYPP help my child?
We will work closely with you to carefully consider the learning and development needs of your child. EYPP can be spent in various ways e.g. making a difference through improved staff training, extra resources or support for children.

Please click on the link below for further information.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-funding-2022-to-2023/early-years-entitlements-local-authority-funding-of-providers-operational-guide-2022-to-2023

Hockers Lane

149 Hockers Lane, Weavering, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5JY
01622 630207
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Mark Cross

Mark Cross, Crowborough, East Sussex,
TN6 3PJ
01892 852187
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Newnham Court

Newnham Court Shopping Village, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5LH
01622 737733
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Head office

23 Turkey Court, Turkey Mill Business Park, Ashford Road Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5PP
01622 737733 ext. 2
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