St Mary's scheme a success

A scheme offering 30 hours of education for three-year-olds has been extended to all parents at a Berwick school.

Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 8:27 am
St Mary's First School in Berwick.

The enhanced offer was introduced by the Government for qualifying parents last September.

However, governors at Berwick St Mary’s First School decided to extend the offer to all their parents in the belief that all children should have equal access to a high quality early years education.

Joyce Guthrie, chairman of governors, said: “Although having begun only in September, the impact of the school’s initiative has been remarkable, with over a 90 per cent take up of additional free hours from families.

“The extended hours has enabled the children to demonstrate significant high levels of progress in all areas of learning and play, as well as providing them with a great opportunity to settle into school life with their new friends.”

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Gary Hilton, headteacher, said that due to its success, governors have agreed to continue the offer of 30-hour entitlement to all families for another year from September 2018.

In addition, due to the many problems parents have found in attempting to apply for the 30 hours entitlement, the school is also providing dedicated administrative support for parents in school.

Mr Hilton said: “The school recognises that the transition of a child into school is one of the biggest challenges many parents face, so if there is any way we can make it less stressful and more enjoyable, then that is what we want to do.”

To find out more, call Mrs McLeod on 01289 306170.