When can children start preschool?
Children can start preschool on their second birthday. Some full daycare nurseries may children before they are 2 years old, however the fees will reflect the low staff to child ratio of 1:3. At Rushmore House Montessori Preschool children can start preschool when they are 2 years old.
What funding is there for preschool?
Funding can also affect when children start at preschool. Whilst there is funding for some two year olds in specific circumstances most children do not receive funding until they are 3 years old. This is known as 15 hours childcare. Some families may be eligible for 30 hours childcare, again specific rules apply and you should check the UK Government website: www.gov.uk, or London Borough of Bromley website. It is also possible for working parents to get help with preschool fees through the Tax-free childcare scheme.
Settling in to preschool
Starting preschool is a big event for children and their families and settling in is important for your child to get the most from their preschool. Children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents well, and who can meet their individual needs. Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents, the staff and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children thrive, parents have confidence, staff are committed and the setting is a happy and dedicated place to attend or work in. We allocate a key person to each child before they start at the preschool. The key person welcomes and looks after your child at their first session and during the settling-in process.
When you visit our preschool a qualified Montessori teacher will show you the Montessori classroom and how we will help your child will settle in to achieve their full potential.
Rushmore House Montessori Preschool is in Pratts Bottom village on the rural outskirts of Orpington in the BR6 postcode, near the A21 road.