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Welcome to Blossom Lodge where we put your children and their early years first. As a team of professionals granted the privilege to care for your child, we first and foremost recognise you as parents to be the main carers and educators. Our role is one of support whilst keeping you thoroughly informed about your child’s day and development. Alongside informative updates regarding your children we also make it our job to keep you informed of free childcare eligibility and similar topics. With currently 30 hours of free childcare available, it’s certainly worth finding out more.

Making 30 hours work better for your family;

Whilst 30 hours of free childcare per week is fantastic, these hours do not cover standard school holidays. This potentially puts families in a bit of a tight spot during the times finances need to flow more freely. We have a fix for this at Blossom Lodge.

Here’s how it works;

Taking the full 30 hours per week we stretch this to include school holidays. Parents are then given a weekly allocation of 22 hours to be taken during normal periods and the holidays.

How does this benefit you?

You may still require 30 hours of childcare per week. Using 22 hours as an allowance means all you’ll need to fund is 8 hours per week. Choosing to use the full 30 hours will inevitably land you with a much larger bill during half terms, Easter, Christmas and of course, the lengthy summer holidays.


How do I know if I’m eligible?

You’ll need to meet some criteria in the first instance to qualify for the 30 free hours:

  • Do you have a child aged 3-4? 
  • Are both parents currently working? 
  • If you’re a lone parent family, are you working?

If you answer yes to point number 1 you then need to determine if you’re currently earning the equivalent of 16 hours per week on national minimum living wage. If unsure, you can use this link to determine specifically.

What if I don’t meet this criteria?

If you don’t meet the guidelines with regards to the equivalent of 16 hours, don’t worry. There is some additional criteria:

  • Are both parents working and in receipt of either tax credits or universal credit? 
  • Are both parents employed with one temporarily away from the workplace? 
  • Are you currently on maternity or paternity leave?
  • Are you or your partner currently in receipt of statutory sick pay? 
  • Are you or your partner receiving carers allowance? 
  • Is one parent classed as disabled?

The best way to determine eligibility is to use the childcare choices link and follow the process through. You’ll need your National Insurance number (for you and your partner) and UTR if you’re self-employed.  

What do I do if I’m eligible? 

Simply apply online and you’ll receive a decision based upon your circumstances. It’s as easy as that.

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Blossom Lodge Day Nursery FAQs

How do I arrange a viewing of the nursery?

It’s straightforward to book a visit at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery in Cheltenham. Our team is more than happy to show you around each of the rooms and our facilities whilst answering any questions. Book a visit here, directly through the nursery website, call us on 01242 525374 or even just pop in.

Do you offer any extended hours?

Our day nursery aims to provide the very best in care whilst working around your childcare needs. With this in mind, the answer is yes, we provide extended hours. We offer an early start at 7.30am and a late collection of 6.30pm. Extended hours can be booked as part of your weekly sessions or on an ad hoc basis.

How many staff will look after my child?

In line with statutory requirements the following staff to child ratios apply:

  • 0-1 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children
  • 1-2 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children
  • 2-3 years is 1 member of staff for every 4 children
  • 3-5 years is 1 member of staff for every 8 children

Do you offer settling in sessions?

Yes absolutely. Every child is offered a settling in session that takes place two weeks before their actual start date. Children usually attend between 2-4 settling in sessions depending upon age. During the initial session you will stay with your child and spend time together meeting staff and discussing specific needs and routines. Settling in sessions after the first depends on age, booking pattern and how your child adapts to nursery. This will of course be discussed with you prior to arranging suitable dates together.

Can I use Government funded hours at Blossom Lodge?

Yes, every 3 and 4 year old child can claim 15 hours of funded nursery education. This increases to 30 hours based upon eligibility and begins from the term after their third birthday. Some 2 year old children may also qualify for the funded 15 hours and this is based upon meeting certain criteria. For further information parents can call and we will be happy to discuss how funded childcare is applied at our Cheltenham based nursery.

Do you allow payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme?

Yes, we are registered to accept payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme. To learn more about how the Tax Free Childcare Scheme supports families visit Childcare Choices.

Do I need to pay extra for meals and snacks?

Meals and snacks are included within fees so you are not required to pay extra. Our menus are healthy, consisting of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and tea. If your child has specific dietary requirements or is a 'fussy' eater, our team will work with you ensuring your child's needs are met. Unfortunately due to allergies within the nursery we are unable to accept food or packed lunches brought in to replace our menu.

What else is included in your nursery fees?

Included in our day nursery fees are nappies, wet wipes and nappy creams. Cow's milk is provided for children over the age of 1 but we do ask parents to provide any formula milk required throughout the day.

Do you have a car park and pushchair storage?

You will find our car park to the rear of the day nursery building. This is for parents to access alongside a pushchair storage cupboard if required. Here you can leave pushchairs and car seats whilst your child is in nursery.

Do you offer any discounts on your nursery fees?

At Blossom Lodge Day Nursery we offer the following discounts:

  • 10% NHS employee discount
  • Discounted daily rate for full time places
  • 10% Sibling discount for the youngest child*

*Please note this will not apply if the older child is in receipt of Government Funded Hours.

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