School age range increase for Woodfall Primary School

19 October 2016

Consultation commenced today, Wednesday 19 October, on the Council’s proposals to expand the age range of Woodfall Primary School in Neston.

The proposal follows a request from the governing body of the school to the Council to allow them to permanently increase the age range to admit 2 and 3 year olds. If agreed, the school hope to implement the proposal from January 2017 when they plan to offer 26 places for 3 and 4 year olds and 16 places for 2 year olds each session.

The school conducted an informal consultation with parents during the summer term which demonstrated strong support for the proposal and it is anticipated that the places will ensure that all parents are able to locally access their entitlement to early years education when the current entitlement of 15hrs/week free provision for 3 and 4 year olds is extended to 30hrs/week. The school also wish to be in a position to offer early education to 2 year olds as part of the Government’s initiative to promote early years learning and development.

Cllr Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Families: “Ensuring all of our children and young people are supported to get the best start in life is one of our top priorities. This includes increasing primary school provision to ensure we have the right number of school places in the right locations to meet the needs of a growing population, whilst at the same time, supporting parental choice.” The school believe that providing early years education under their governance will help ensure that children are ready for school when they reach compulsory school age and will assist the transition to the fulltime school experience. 

Full details of the consultation are available on the Cheshire West and Chester website: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/woodfallprimaryconsultation

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