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Welcome to Matthew Arnold Pre School Nursery - Our 2 Year Old Provision


Our 2 year old nursery provides education and childcare, our qualified and experienced team aim to consistently improve on their service delivery and practices.


The setting actively promotes equality and inclusion and supports children with additional needs and those who speak English as an additional language.  We provide opportunities for learning and development that are rich, stimulating and fulfilling, including a lovely outdoor play area.




We welcome children into our MAPS Nursery as soon as they turned two.


Currently we offer fee paying and funding places for 2 year olds. Financial support for 2 year olds has been introduced and we can offer support. However, you must met a given criteria to qualify for a funded place. Please contact the nursery for further details.


Your 2 year old is eligible for this funding the term after their 2nd birthday. Children born 1st January to 31st March would be eligible from April. Children born 1st April to 31st August would be eligible from September and children born 1st September to 31st December would be eligible from January.


Funded Places

A significant number of two year olds are now eligible for free childcare. Your family must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:


Eligibility criteria

Your child will be eligible for a free place if you are in receipt of the following benefits.

  • Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (income based).
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related).
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner are on low income from work (this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax)
  • Tax credits and your family have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • Support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act.
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • They're looked after by the local authority
  • They have a current statement of special educational needs or an educational health and care plan
  • They get Disability Living Allowance
  • They've left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order


If you think you might be eligible for free childcare we can help you apply for this or you can apply online at


Non-Funded two year olds:


For two year olds who are not eligible for free childcare, our fees are as follows:


£15 per morning or afternoon session


Please note we currently do not provide 30 hour sessions or lunches for our two year olds.


Please note that a place at MAPS Nursery does grant automatic transition from a 2 year old place to a 3 year old place at Matthew Arnold Primary School Nursery if places are available. Applications for a 3 year old place must be made through Matthew Arnold Primary School and you must apply through the school administration office. Places for Matthew Arnold Primary School Nursery are allocated in application date order. If your child attends our provision and a 3 year old place within the school nursery is available when your child is eligible, you will be contacted by the school to offer you this place


Daily Organisation


Session times:

Morning session – 8:40am to 11:40am

Afternoon session – 12:30pm to 3:30pm


The nursery is part of Matthew Arnold Primary School and works with its experienced staff. Children within the nursery are able to participate in weekly sessions and we provide different experiences for our children to participate in following their own child led interests. The daily routine incorporates Learning through Play, key worker time and activities that builds on the children’s developing knowledge and curiosity.


Through our bespoke planning we can provide engaging activities that promote physical coordination and manipulative skills, role-play and language development, music and movement, song/story times, musical instrument sessions and outdoor play. The children’s interests are used to carefully plan for their next steps within the setting as they independently access the resources within their child initiated play opportunities.


The daily key worker time is used as an opportunity to take part in small group activities that build upon the children’s attention and listening skills, social interactions and language development. Children spend a lot of their time outdoors and have access to the school nursery outdoor play area.


Dropping Off and Collecting

At the beginning of each session the children and families are greeted by a member of the EYFS team through our designated entrance to the MAPS nursery building and straight into the foyer where they have their own cloakroom facilities. At the end of each session, parents/carers are then asked to remain outside the building whereby a designated member of the team will meet and greet the parents/carers and hand over your child safely to you.


You will be required to complete an authorisation form stating which people have permission to collect your child from MAPS and they must be at least 16 years old. We will not release your child unless they are collected from the nursery by an adult named on the form. It is not appropriate to have your child collected by an older child in the school.



Children are encouraged to share a healthy snack and drink of milk in a small friendly group where a member of the EYFS team will promote good table manners and encourage children to be independent in their feeding. We do ask for a weekly voluntary contribution of 50p per child to be paid at the school office. Children will be offered fresh water throughout their session.



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