Abbey Wood Grange Nursery
South Croydon’s Premier Nursery School

Preschool Private Day Nursery South Croydon

Located in South Croydon, Abbey Wood Grange is a private Day Nursery offering superior quality care for babies and children aged between 3 months and 5 years. Check out our brief 40 second YouTube video showcasing our outstanding facilities and personalised playrooms and facilites on You Tube.

Abbey Wood Grange Day Nursery operates from a largely extended 3 storey house situated on a private road within tree lined grounds. The local area is well served by public transport,with Kenley train station just a few minutes walk away.

Abbey Wood Grange benefits from large light rooms, substantial well resourced gardens, indoor soft play and a long serving highly motivated staff team who work closley with children and parents to ensure every individual thrives and develops within a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Abbey Wood Grange has been offering high quality affordable care for over 25 years, here are some of our unique selling points….

  • All staff Pediatric First Aid trained
  • Free Early Years Government funded spaces available
  • Over 45 Years combined Managerial experience
  • Nutritious snacks/menus provided by our in house chef
  • Free settling in sessions
  • Highly qualified,long service,caring staff team
  • Emergency childcare available – no registration required
  • Regular newsletters and updates provided
  • Extra days / hours accommodated

The Best Nursery covering South Croydon, Purley and surrounding areas – Abbey Wood Grange

Ensuring the best environment for your child…

  • Family friendly atmosphere
  • Quiet residential surroundings
  • Large indoor Soft Play area
  • Large enclosed fully equipped outdoor play areas
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Fully inclusive

 



Early Years Funding Childcare Support from the UK Government

Apply for 30 hours free childcare all you’ll need your details (and your partner’s, if you have one), including your National Insurance number and Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed.

You’ll get a childcare account if your application is successful. You can use it to get your code for 30 hours free childcare. If you pay for childcare and want to use Tax-Free Childcare to get help with costs, you can also
apply using this service. It usually takes 20 minutes to apply. You may find out if you’re eligible straight away, but it can take up to 7 days. Apply now.

15 and 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours free childcare, for example if you get certain benefits.

The free early education and childcare: Must be with an approved childcare provider (Abbeywood Grange have been approved since 2005). 
When your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if
later), this is when the childcare support stops.

15 Hours Free Childcare Per Week

All children in England get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. 

You can get it from the term after
your child’s 3rd birthday. Contact us find out more.

30 Hours Free Childcare Per Week

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take). If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code to give to your childcare provider to
reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts. If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.

Check Your Early Years Funding Childcare Eligibility

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave, or each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage
for 16 hours a week (this is £120 if you’re over 25).

Please note: This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago. You’re not eligible if  your child doesn’t usually live with you, the child is your foster child,
or either you / your partner has a taxable income over £100,000 per annum.

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.

If you can’t work you may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.
Read the original source article here.

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Oct 01 2020

How to keep preschool children safe in the Sun

How to keep preschool children safe in the Sun

While we all look forward to those long Summer days and the prospect of outdoor adventures and activities, we must also be aware of the potential risks and how we can protect preschool children against them.

Exposure to the Sun and Vitamin D is vital, but it is essential to find the right balance between getting enough Vitamin D and protecting ourselves from the Sun.  When skin is exposed to the Sun, our bodies make vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones.

Every nursery child needs sun protection. The lighter someone’s natural skin colour, the less melanin it has to absorb UV rays and protect itself. The darker a person’s natural skin colour, the more melanin it has. Both dark and light-skin needs protection from UV rays because any tanning or burning causes skin damage.

Take extra care to protect babies and preschool children as their skin is much more sensitive and must always be protected. Damaged caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life.  It is advisable to keep out of direct sunlight and spend time in the shade between 11 am – 3 pm from March to October.

Sun cream is vital when protecting yourself against the Sun and remember you can burn even on a cloudy day. A minimum of factor 30 with a 4 star UVA protection should be used and reapplied every 2 hours as the Sun can dry it off your skin. Reapplying after swimming or exposure to water is essential even with water-resistant sun cream. Water reflects ultraviolet UV rays, increasing your exposure, and the cooling effect of the water can make you believe you are not getting burned.

Do not rely on sun cream alone to protect yourself and your children from the Sun. Suitable clothing such as hats, long sleeve tops and lite loose clothing is also advisable.

Top Tips for keeping Preschool children safe in the Sun

•    Apply Sun cream liberally and frequently, always reapply after swimming or exposure to water (an adult wearing a swimming costume would apply around two tablespoons of sun cream to their exposed bodies)

•    Keep out of the Sun and in the shade between 11 am- 3 pm

•    Make sure your sun cream exceeded its expiry date

•    Use at least Factor 30 with a minimum of a 4 star UVA rating

•    Apply sun cream 30 minutes before exposure to the Sun

•    Keep hydrated, drink lots of water

•    Never leave children or pets in cars parked in the Sun

•    Use sunglasses that offer your eyes 100% UV protection.



Most importantly, all children, including nursery school children, must be encouraged to have fun and stay safe in the Sun!

Sep 02 2020

The importance of Role Play for Pre-school Children

The importance of Role Play for Pre-school Children 

Imagination and creativity are powerful tools within Pre-School children; this can be instinctive in some children but need encouraging in others. Designated role play areas offer opportunities to explore both real and imaginary worlds, aiding intellectual development, social skills and creativity.

Children are encouraged to explore, investigate and experiment within a variety of both every day and fantasy situations. Role play allows the children to express and develop emotional awareness, such as compassion and empathy. It also teaches children an understanding of different perspectives and cultures.

Pre-school role play can be a valuable teaching tool enabling the children to make sense of real-life situations and develop interests in subjects such as doctors, nurses or schools. It can also aid understanding of a place they may never get to visit, such as under the sea or space.

Children can take on varying roles, challenging themselves and developing confidence while in ‘character’ in a way that they may not feel comfortable in doing so during everyday play.

Roleplay can be supported within the home environment, no matter how big or small. A simple cardboard box can be transformed into a space rocket or by merely labeling the tins in the kitchen cupboard a shop is created.

Role-play ideas can be inexpensive and adapted to suit everyone’s creative ability. The internet has many ideas to inspire, but one we use a lot at Abbey Wood is Pinterest.

At Abbey Wood pre-school, our role play areas are usually inspired by the children’s interests, ensuring they are both fully engaged and learning while having fun.

There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing a child’s imagination brought to life.

Aug 11 2020

Free Childcare 15-30 Hours Free Preschool Education

Free Childcare 15-30 Hours Free Preschool Education

All children in England are entitled to 570 free hours pre-school per annum. It is usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. 

You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday. Some Preschool nurseries are open all year round and you can make your own arrangements to extend these hours at your own cost.

15 hours free preschool childcare

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours free childcare, for example, if you receive certain benefits.
 There are many scenarios that contribute towards the free childcare and you should contact your local Preschool Nursery for more detailed information.

The free early education and childcare: Must be with an approved childcare provider (such as Abbeywood Lodge who have been approved since 2018). 
When your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later), this is when the childcare support stops. Contact your local Preschool for more information.

30 Hours Free Childcare Per Week

You may be eligible to get up to 30 hours of free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take). If you’re entitled to the extra hours, sign up online to get a code to give to your Nursery or childcare provider to reserve your place. You’ll get the extra hours once the next term starts. If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.

Check your early years’ childcare funding  eligibility

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave, or each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week (this is £120 if you’re over 25).

Please note: This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago. You’re not eligible if your child doesn’t usually live with you, the child is your foster child, or either you / your partner has a taxable income over £100,000 per annum.

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.

If you can’t work you may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

It can be confusing!!

Understanding your entitlement can be confusing if you are not able to work it out, or need help, your local pre-school nursery (assuming they accept the Free 15 – 30 hours grant, not all do) is the best place to go for assistance. They will be able to explain your entitlement, what the options are and how to apply, it is also a good opportunity to check out your local pre-school.