All nurseries operate in different ways therefore, you are able to add in your term dates & closure dates to suit your nursery. On Blossom there are three different ways of configuring you platform which are:

  • Open year round with no term time children.
  • Open year round with term time children.
  • A term time nursery.

Open Year Round with no Term Time Children.

This type of nursery is simply added by setting your open period. However, although you may not have any term dates you may have closure dates which will need to be set.

Setting your Open Period

More > Term dates > Open period > All year round > Input total open weeks > Save.

Setting your Closure Dates

More > Add term dates > Select academic year > Nursery closure dates > Add another holiday > Save.

Open Year Round with Term Time Children.

This type of nursery will accommodate both all year round children & term time children. This means you will be required to add in your term dates. Usually your term dates will reflect and are set by your local authorities but of course it is your nursery so you are able to configure these as you wish.

Setting your Term Dates

More > Term dates > + Term dates > Select academic year > Add another term > Add closure dates > Save.

Setting your Closure Dates

More > Add term dates > Select academic year > Nursery closure dates > Add another holiday > Save.

Term Time only Nursery

This type of nursery accommodates only for term time children. Therefore, your open period would be your Term Dates and your Closure Dates would be your half terms, holidays, public bank holidays & any other day the nursery is closed for.

Setting your open period

More > Term dates > Open period > All year round > Input total open weeks > Save.

Setting your Term Dates & Closure dates

More > Term Dates > + Term dates > Select academic year > Add another term > Add closure dates > Save.

FAQ’s

How do I make my nursery closure dates chargeable?

More > Term dates > Academic year > Edit pencil > Nursery closure dates > Tick 'chargeable' > Save.

How do I make my nursery closure dates not chargeable?

More > Term dates > Academic year > Edit pencil > Nursery closure dates > Untick 'chargeable' > Save.

What happens if I have term time children and all year round children?

This means your nursery would need to be set up as nursery open year round with term time children. Then, go to Children > Child > Booking pattern > Add / edit sessions > Choose between 'term time or 'all year round' > Save.

Can I edit my nursery term dates & closure dates once they have been set?

Yes, of course. Your nursery term dates & closure dates can be edited at any time.

More > Term dates > Edit key on specific academic year > Edit dates > Save.

What happens if I do not set my term dates?

If you do not set your term dates the children will not appear on the register. This is because within their booking patterns the children would have been selected as all year round or term time only. If there are no term dates the children set to term time will have no term dates to work alongside.

There are children missing on my register?

There are three main areas to check here. The term dates may not be set, the child may not have any sessions & the child’s start date may be incorrect.

I cannot apply funding to a specific closure day, why is this?

This is because the closure day would have been added as an exclusion period within the funding. Therefore, funding is unable to be applied. To resolve this, locate the funding type within Settings > Finance > Funding > Edit pencil > Amend exclusion period > Save.

I can still add funding to a closure day, why may this be?

This is because the closure day has not been registered as an exclusion period. Therefore, you are able to apply funding. To resolve this, locate the funding type within Settings > Finance > Funding > Edit pencil > Amend exclusion period > Save.

A child is appearing on my register but shouldn't be as they are a term time child. Why is this?

This will be related to the child’s booking pattern setting. They will be set to all year round and not term time.

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