Thorney Close Primary School

"Where Learning Blossoms..."

A Place to Play and Learn

 Places Available! - Apply Now

Our Two Year Old Provision, called Seedlings, is a special place full of learning, laughter, singing and friendship.  We strive to provide the best possible educational provision in a stimulating and creative environment where all children are happy; feel safe and are valued. Our two year olds have their own room and own outdoor area with age appropriate resources and furniture.

Please click on the link below to see what we have been doing so far this year.


 What We Offer & How To Apply

We offer part time places in both the morning and the afternoon (15 hours), Monday to Friday, during term time only.  Morning sessions run from 8:45am to 11:45am, and afternoon sessions from 12:15pm to 3.15pm.  

These are funded places for 2 year olds. Did you know a significant number of two year olds are now eligible for funded places? Please see below eligibility. 

 Checking Your Eligibility

You can check eligibility by:

  • Contacting the School Business Manager, who will be able to carry out an assisted application on your behalf  - you will need to provide some details including date of birth and national insurance number.
  • Visiting the  Together for Children Family Portal , creating an account and checking eligibility online.
  • Contacting the Family Information Services (FIS)  on 0191 5613126, who will carry out check with you over the telephone.

The criteria for accessing a funded 2 year place are set out below:

The family are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • income related - Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • income based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • support under part vi of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit - with an annual net earnings threshold of £15,400
  • have a household income below the threshold of £16,190 and: 
  • are in receipt of Child Tax Credit but not working tax credit;
  • are in receipt of Working Tax Credit but not child tax credit;
  • are in receipt of the Working Tax Credit 4 week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying  for Working Tax Credit) 

The child: 

  • is cared for by the Local Authority
  • has a current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • has left the care of the Local Authority through arrangements for Special Guardianship or Residence   Order or through Adoption

Non-UK citizens who cannot claim benefits (No Recourse to Public Funds)

If a family are non-UK citizens and their immigration status states that they have 'no recourse to public funds', they may be    able to get a place.  They must live in England and their household income must be no more than: 

  • £26,500 for families with one child; or
  • £30,600 for families with two or more children.

The family cannot have more than £16,000 in savings or investments.