Where is the Kindergarten?

We are based on private farm land in the village of White Castle Nr Llantilio Crosenny. The Kindergarten is approximately 15mins drive from Abergavenny (8 miles) and 20 minutes drive from Raglan (9 miles) and Monmouth (10miles).
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What age do you take children from?

Places are available for children aged 2 -5. 2 year olds Places are limited and are offered on a case by case basis. We understand that all children develop at their own rate and we will work with you to determine the best time for your child to enrol with us. We would generally recommend that your child is approaching 2.5 when then join us. 3-5 year olds The majority of places are available for children in their preschool year.

What are your staff ratios?

We are registered to care for a maximum of 12 children at any one time. We have 3 members of staff and our ratio is 1:4.

Are you Ofsted / Estyn registered?

We are registered with Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) to provide Day Care for a maximum of 12 children. Our registration number is W15/00001645

What are the fees?

Day Rate: £40 (8/hr) Sessions are available as FULL DAYS only: 9.30am - 2.30pm Tues/Weds/Thurs Sibling Day Rate: £36 ( 10% discount) Weekly Rate - 3 days: £110 Waiting List £25 A place on the waiting list does not automatically guarantee a place at the kindergarten. It is not necessary to join the waiting list, however places are offered first to those families on the waiting list. Enrolment fee £125 We require this payment to secure your child's place and supply their kit. Upon enrolment we will supply your child with a high quality set of Didriksons waterproofs and a reusable stainless steel water bottle and a reusable kindergarten shopping bag.

Can I supply my own waterproofs?

We have carefully researched and chosen waterproofs that are comfortable, warm, hardwearing and stand up to lots of rain and mud! As practitioners, your child's safety and wellbeing is our priority. We choose to supply the waterproofs so that we know all children are safeguarded equally.

Do you offer hours as part of the Childcare Offer for Wales?

We do not offer hours under the Childcare Offer for Wales scheme. Tax Free Childcare KIN Nature Kindergarten is registered with Tax Free Childcare - an online government service to help working parents with the cost of their childcare. For every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account, HMRC will pay an extra £2 up to a maximum of £2000 every year for each child. Parents are then able to pay KIN Nature Kindergarten for childcare directly from their childcare accounts. Please visit www.childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk for further details Childcare Voucher Scheme We accept Childcare Vouchers, please ask us for our childcare provider reference number. *This scheme closed to new applicants in Oct 2018 Universal Credit You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you are in receipt of Universal Credit.

What are your opening hours?

We open Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 9.30am - 2.30pm during TERM TIME ONLY. We follow Monmouthshire Term Dates: 2021 Autumn 1: Tues 7th Sept - Thurs 21st Oct Autumn 2: Tues 2nd Nov - Thurs 16th Dec 2022 Spring 1: Tues 11th Jan - Thurs 17th Feb Spring 2: Tues 1st March - Thurs 7th April Summer 1: Tues 26th April - Thurs 26th May Summer 2: Tues 7th June - Thurs 21st July

What do you do when it rains?

Play! We want to encourage children to embrace all kinds of weather. We believe that with the right clothes and attitude we can have just as much fun - whatever the weather! For those not so keen on playing in the rain our Treehouse provides shelter.

What do you do when the weather is really bad?

We are not a survival school and take the welfare of your child very seriously. There may be occasions when the weather is deemed too extreme (high winds / thunder storms) to be on site. In such instances we will close the Kindergarten and carry out our session from a local indoor venue - Raglan Farm Park.

My child wears nappies is this ok?

We will work with parents to support each child according to their individual stage of development. We have nappy changing facilities on site. Parents are required to provide their preferred choice of nappy.

Where will my child go to the toilet?

We have purpose built compost toilets with sinks and running water for handwashing. We also have 2 camp toilets and portable sinks that can be set up in various locations around the site.

How many days does my child need to attend?

We recommend that your child attends for a minimum of 2 days a week to ease settling, form friendships and get the maximum benefit from our unique setting. It is possible to enrol your child for a single day per week however, priority is given to families looking to enrol their child for 2 or 3 days a week.

When can my child start?

Enrolment opens twice a year. Our main intake is in September with an additional intake in April. From time to time places may become available mid term - if for example a family moves away from the area. Please note that 2 year olds will not be enrolled during the winter months - Dec/Jan/Feb.

Do we have to join the waiting list?

No, you do not have to join the waiting list, however, places are offered first to those families that have joined. It is important to note that joining the waiting list does not automatically gaurantee a place for your child. We keep our waiting list numbers low to give you the very best chance of securing one. Join the waiting list here.

Do you provide food?

We understand that young children can be quite particular about their food or may have specific dietary requirements. It is important that they eat well to maintain their energy and so we ask parents to provide a packed lunch and water. We provide a healthy mid morning snack and free under 5s milk or water. We are able to cater for children with specific dietary requirements.