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Airplane Dots

With three nurseries located near RAF High Wycombe, we offer high quality and affordable childcare for children aged 0 to 5 years.

We are proud to serve military personnel, families and the local community by providing experiences that are special, unique and child focused. We put parent’s priorities and children’s development front of mind, ensuring we work together to understand individual needs and requirements. We provide government funded places for two, three and four year olds.

From our outside spaces, to our bespoke rooms designed for a range of ages, the handpicked staff, nutritious meals, and much more – there are plenty of reasons to choose one of our RAFAKidz nurseries for your child.

Airplane Dots

Our nurseries

RAFAKidz
High Wycombe

Located on station at RAF High Wycombe.

  • 08:00-18:00

  • Spaces available

RAFAKidz
Walter’s Ash

Located approximately one mile from RAF High Wycombe.

  • 07:45-17:45

  • Spaces available

RAFAKidz
Medmenham

Located approximately 13 miles away from RAF High Wycombe, in Medmenham.

  • 08:00 – 18:00

  • Spaces available

Why choose our nurseries

Year-round opening

We provide childcare all year round (excluding Christmas and bank holidays), offering you flexibility and choice.

Bespoke rooms

Our rooms are all thoughtfully designed to create fun, friendly and welcoming environments that prioritise learning and play, putting your child and their development first.

Sleeping area

When children are tired, we provide comfortable and quiet sleeping areas. Our staff work with you to understand your child's sleeping arrangements.

Toilet training

We will fully support your child with toilet training as its important they develop their own independence when using the toilet.

Outdoor play

We believe outdoor play is important to your child’s development. Our outdoor areas are well equipped for your child to explore.

Special Educational Needs

We recognise that children are individuals with their own personalities, needs and preferences. Our trained staff will work closely with you and other professionals to identify any additional support that is required to meet your child's needs.

Download our brochure (1.3MB, PDF) and find out more by clicking the button below.

Enquire now

If you are interested in finding out more about a nursery place at one of our nurseries near RAF High Wycombe, please fill in the enquiry form below and one of our team will be in touch shortly.

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Our curriculum

Our curriculum is set out in the requirements for the Educational Programme in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.

Our programme is designed to help your child progress through their developmental milestones and reach the Early Learning Goals. Each of our nurseries delivers this programme in their own way through excellent teaching and provision of rich experiences.

Our programme seeks to give children the skills to become confident, resilient, happy and keen to learn.

Meals

We believe that mealtimes should be a happy, social time where healthy and delicious foods can be enjoyed and eating skills can be developed.

Menus are carefully planned to follow the government’s Eat better Start better guidance and all meals are freshly prepared on the premises by our experienced nursery chef. We can cater for all allergies, intolerances, diets and cultural needs.

Our staff are experienced in providing for babies and younger children who are weaning. We will work to create a plan whether you are bottle feeding, breast feeding or introducing new foods.

Our Food for Life programme allows us to engage in healthy eating activities, learning about food, where it comes from and even growing their own food. We encourage parents to get involved too so you will be invited to join in with some of our activities.

Take a look at a typical daily RAFAKidz menu

Breakfast

A wide variety of breakfast cereals and toast are available.

Lunch

A nutritious, home-cooked lunch is served daily for everyone to enjoy.

Tea

A lighter, homemade tea is also provided each day.

Snacks and drinks

A daily choice of snacks such as fresh fruit and vegetable sticks are served with milk or water during the day.
We also provide a water station so that children can access water anytime.

Funding

Working in partnership with funding authorities, we want to make it as easy as possible for parents to access a high-quality nursery like ours, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Did you know that when your child reaches two and until they leave for school, you may be eligible to receive funding for childcare at RAFAKidz?

To view the funding options available for your child, click the button for their age below:

Funding for children aged two

To be eligible for two year old funded nursery placements, one parent has to be in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided your annual household income does not exceed £16,190
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credits, provided your annual household income does not exceed £16,190.

Also eligible are children who have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan, children who attract Disability Living Allowance (DLA), children who are looked after by the Local Authority or have left care through special guardianship or through adoption or child arrangement orders.

It is the responsibility of parents to apply to see if they are eligible. This can be done by visiting your local authority website.

Child’s birthday / when you can claim:

  • 1st Jan to 31st Mar / the beginning of the term on or after the 1st April.
  • 1st Apr to 31st Aug / the beginning of the term on or after the 1st September.
  • 1st Sept to 31st Dec / the beginning of the term on or after the 1st January.

Funding for children aged three to four

The funded childcare entitlement for three to four year old children is now 30 hours per week for working parents. This supports working parents with the affordability of childcare and enables parents who want to work, or to work more hours, to do so.

A child qualifies for free childcare if they are resident in England and under compulsory school age, and if both parents are working (or the sole parent in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average:

A weekly income equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or living wage; and earn less than £100,000 per year.

Child’s birthday / when you can claim:

  • 1st Jan to 31st Mar / the beginning of the term on or after the 1st April
  • 1st Apr to 31st Aug / the beginning of the term on or after the 1st September
  • 1st Sept to 31st Dec / the beginning of the term on or after the 1st January.

To make a claim for extended entitlement please visit the Child Care Choices website.

Tax free childcare

Tax-free childcare is an option for parents with children at RAFAKidz nurseries.

If you’re a working parent with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children), you can open an online account to pay for registered childcare. The government will top-up the money you pay into the account. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2. You can receive up to £2,000 per child – that’s up to £500 every three months. If you have a disabled child, you can receive up to £4,000 per child – that’s up to £1,000 every three months.

You’re usually eligible if all of the following apply:

  • is under 12, or 17 if they’re registered as having a disability
  • usually lives with you
  • are 16 or over
  • live or work in the UK
  • are employed or self-employed
  • are over 21 and earn on average at least £120 a week, unless in your first year of self-employment.
  • earn less than £100,000 a year each
  • don’t get other support with your childcare, including from a childcare voucher or salary sacrifice scheme
  • Carers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Benefit

To apply for tax-free childcare please visit the Child Care Choices website.

Wraparound childcare

(Known as ‘Out of School care’ in Wales and ’School Aged Childcare’ in Scotland)

The Wraparound Childcare (WAC) scheme supports Service families by funding wraparound childcare during term time for eligible Service children aged four to eleven years old (up to capped rates).

Eligible Service personnel (Tri-Service) can apply for up to 20 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks per year) of wraparound childcare funding for four to eleven year old children attending before and after school clubs in the UK.

For further information on funding or wraparound childcare, please enquire now.

What is RAFAKidz?

RAFAKidz is a not-for-profit trading subsidiary of the RAF Association that provides RAF families with supportive and nurturing nursery environments where their children can grow, learn and flourish.

At RAFAKidz we understand that service life can be hard on families and we know how important access to high-quality, affordable childcare is. Since 2019, we have been providing childcare to RAF and civilian families. We currently operate 11 nurseries located on or close to RAF High Wycombe, Odiham, Cranwell, Boulmer, Leeming, Brize Norton, Digby, and MOD Abbey Wood and Worthy Down, where our expert and knowledgeable staff provide experiences that are special, unique and child focused.

All our nurseries are OFTSED registered and we pride ourselves on our commitment to safeguarding and quality assurance.

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