Wenvoe Playgroup Re-Opening
On the 20th March 2020 we were given the news to take an extended Easter Holiday due to COVID-19. Little did we know then, that we wouldn’t return until 29th June 2020.
Throughout March and the months that followed to June, we lived in uncertain times like everyone, not knowing when and how we could return safely to the group. However, we did, and I would like to thank our wonderful Management Committee who have helped us to return safely.
Wenvoe Playgroup CIO is a registered charity, belonging to the residents of Wenvoe and run by the Parents of children who attend the setting. We also have many people in our village who support the Playgroup year after year, helping with our Website and fundraising. We are grateful for all the support that everyone together provides, to make it the success it is today.
Writing this, we are now near the end of summer term. We have successfully operated the last three weeks, working with 16 children in two groups of 8 at the Village Hall. Children returned and adapted well to the new routines, being happy to return to the familiar setting with their Aunties, relaying all their experiences and stories from the past 3 months.
Moving forward into September, we will be re-opening on Monday 7th September. Some of our services may take a little while to put in place, however, we will do our best to return to ‘normal’ as soon as possible. We will re-open our waiting lists into September as we move forward.
The 30 Hour Free Childcare Offer closed to new applicants at the end of March, however, they hope to be open once more by the end of August. If you visited the Playgroup in February and completed a contract, then you are able to contact the Vale Family Information centre Tel: 01446 704704 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org who will happily take your details and contact you once the offer is open for those applying for September 2020
What is the 30 Hour Free Childcare Offer and how does it work?
The 30 Hour Free Childcare offer is all about the Child and where they live, not where the Childcare Provider is located. It is available to children the term after their 3rd Birthday.
If your Child is 3:
- 1 Sept – 31 Dec they will be eligible in January
- 1 January – 31 March they will be eligible in April (after the Easter Hols)
- 1 April – 31August – they will be eligible in September
If the Child is living with 2 parents, both parents work 16 hours or more per week at National Minimum Wage (NMW)
If the Child is living with 1 parent, that you work 16 hours or more per week at NMW.
If you earn more than £100,000.00 per parent then the Child is not eligible
Wenvoe Playgroup can offer free care for up to 17.5 hours of the 30 hours during term time. On holiday weeks, 30 Hours may be claimed through another provider. 12.5 of the 30 Hours is used by LEA Nursery, however, you can just use up to 17.5hrs. Some of our children this year have attended 4 days free of charge at Playgroup or 5 days with a small top up fee. The choice is yours.
Should you wish for further information, then please view our website www.wenvoeplaygroup.co.uk where you will find information and a link to our email email@example.com to ask questions throughout August.
For those parents who have been in contact with the group, you will be kept up-to-date via email as we move forward into September.
Have a lovely summer everyone and we will keep you updated with any changes