Noah's Ark Christian Pre-School Local Offer

Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School strive to meet the needs of children with special educational needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure all children, regardless of their specific needs are catered for.  Noah’s Ark are as inclusive as possible, with the needs of a SEND child being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible and where families want this to happen.   If needed and where possible, we will offer additional staff support to specific children.

We aim to support parents and carers by listening to their concerns and needs.  We also offer an open door policy, where parents can come and speak to staff whenever they need to.

Parents & carers can visit the setting (no appointment necessary) & discuss their child’s needs with our Manager & SENCO. 

Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School (Buckhurst Hill) accepts the following funding:

2 year old funding – This funding is not available to all children.

Your child might be eligible for free funding if you’re receiving any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit, if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax

You can apply online here:

https://educationportal.essex.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Login

If your application for 2 year old funding is successful, you will receive a funding code. 

Let us know that you have a 2 year old funding code and (if we have space) from the term after your child’s 2nd birthday, we can claim up to 15 hours funding per week, meaning that there will be no fees to pay.

3 & 4 year old funding

All 3 and 4-year-olds can get 15 hours of free early learning a week until they go into Reception class or reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday).

Funding is available from the term after your child turns 3.

You do not need to apply for this funding.  Instead we will ask you to complete a ‘funding form’ once a term.  This will allow us to claim the funding that your child is entitled to, up to 15 hours per week. 

30 hour funding

If you wish to take up more than 15 hours per week, then you should check to see if you can claim 30 hours funding for working parents. 

Find out if you can claim this here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-childcare

If you are entitled to 30 hours funding, then you will be given a code.  You will need to give us this code, along with your national insurance number and date of birth.

Claims will need to be made the term before you wish to use the code.  You will also need to re-check your eligibility every 3 months. 

Childcare Vouchers

If you have signed up to a voucher scheme with your employer, then you can pay for your childcare fees using these.   Voucher schemes are no longer available to new applicants, but if you joined a scheme before October 2018, then you can continue using it (unless your employer decides to stop offering it).

Let us know which Childcare Voucher Scheme you are joined up to and we will give you the information you need to pay using these. 

Tax Free Childcare

Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School are signed up and able to receive Tax Free Childcare.

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare.

If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child.

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

Find out if you can get Tax Free Childcare by checking here: https://www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare

And apply here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-tax-free-childcare

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

This is a one off payment of funding that we can claim for children who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and also 3 & 4 year funding.  The additional funds are to allow us to make any reasonable adjustments to our setting and/or helping with building capacity (be that for the child in question or for the benefit of children as a whole attending the setting).

Inclusion Funding

As a childcare provider who is registered with Ofsted, we are able to claim for Inclusion Funding in some circumstances.  This is additional money that allows us to support a child with a disability and/or special educational need.

We can use the extra funding to:

  • Give full support to the child
  • Help the child to feel included
  • Help the child to take part in activities

Support

Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School aims to support every child and family as much as possible.  We are available to talk to parents about any concerns and can point you in the right direction to get additional help.

We work with other agencies to get the best support possible for you and your child.  This includes Health Visitors, Speech & Language Therapists, Family Support Workers, Behaviour Specialists and Area SENCO’s. 

Brambles Family Hub 

Based in Epping, the Brambles Family Hub exists to provide support and services to help children and families achieve the best start in life. 

The team is made up of Health Visitors, School Nurses, Staff Nurses and Community Health Workers.

Find out more here: https://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/centre/brambles-family-hub/

https://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/team/loughton-buckhurst-hill/ 0300 2470122

Drop-In Speech & Language Therapy

The Drop-In Clinic is a session for parents/carers who are concerned about their child’s speech and/or language development.  The clinic provides the opportunity to discuss your concerns with a Speech & Language Therapist or Assistant.  For Drop-In dates and locations, please visit https://noahspreschool.co.uk/speech-language-drop-in-assessment-clinic/

Mini Play, Big Listen

A fun play session with free activities for children aged 0-8 with autism and social communication difficulties. 

This group provides a support network for parents/carers.  Professionals will be invited to a selection of sessions to give support, information and talks. 

Every Tuesday 3.30pm – 4.45pm at Hazelwood Healthy Family Delivery Site, Hillhouse Primary School, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3EL

Additional Help

At Noah’s Ark Christian Pre-School, we understand that a child is part of a family and sometimes issues within the family can reflect on the child’s wellbeing.  So, we have gathered some information about other local services that may be of use to some families.

Buckhurst Hill Money Advice Service

Based in St. Stephen’s Church Hall, the Buckhurst Hill Money Advice Service offers free confidential debt advice based on the individual needs of each client.  This includes debt management plans, insolvency solutions and budgeting advice. 

020 8505 0022 – ring to make an appointment.

Spark – Mentoring & Counselling

Spark provides a range of counselling and mentoring services for children and young people in Epping Forest and surrounding areas.  Their services include Community Counselling and Community Mentoring.  The aim of Spark is to build relationships, coming alongside a young person and their family to inspire a sense of hope together.

Find out more here: https://worthunlimited.co.uk/spark

Spark is based at Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex IG10 3SB.   Phone: 020 8508 6743   Email: spark@worthunlimited.co.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau

For free advice on many subjects including:

  • Benefits
  • Work
  • Debt & Money
  • Consumer
  • Family
  • Housing
  • Law & Courts
  • Immigration
  • Health

Loughton Library (first floor), Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1HD

Open Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 1pm

Safer Places

If you think you are suffering from domestic abuse then you probably are.  Safer Places offers a range of different services to support you and guide you through an abusive relationship. 

It is important to remember that domestic abuse takes many forms, not just physical abuse.

For more information: https://www.saferplaces.co.uk/

Contact Safer Places by phone: 03301 025811 or email info@saferplaces.co.uk