Your 3 or 4 year old child may be eligible for 30 hours free childcare from September 2019
Families who meet the following criteria could be eligible:
- All parents living in the household who work a minimum of 16 hours a week at national living wage, and earn no more than £100,000 each per year
- One or both parents are currently on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave
- One or both parents are currently on statutory sick leave
- One parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work
Things you need to know:
- All 3 and 4 year olds will still be able to access 15 hours of childcare, families who are eligible for this new funding will be able to increase that up to 30 hours
- Eligibility checks will take place through childcarechoices.gov.uk – you will receive a code that you need to give to your child’s chosen childcare provider.
- Funding starts from the term following your child’s 3rd birthday, providing you have had a successful eligibility check before the start of term
- ‘Free childcare’ covers cost of delivering your child’s funded early education. Charges may apply for meals, other consumable, additional hours or additional services – these will be made clear to you when you reserve your child’s place
Places are offered to children who are on our waiting list. The main guideline is age; the oldest are offered places first. Children must be three to qualify for five free sessions*. Because we feel that the beginning of school is an important step, for both child and family, this process is staggered.
We ask families to set aside a number of sessions to be with their child at the beginning. Sometimes it is necessary for parents to leave their child for a short time only, increasing the separation gradually until the child is secure and happy.
Your two year old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit
- Tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for
Working Tax Credit)
A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
- A child is looked after by a local council
- They have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health
- and care (EHC) plan
- They get Disability Living Allowance
- They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.
On the day your child is admitted, please bring with you evidence of his/her date of birth, i.e. passport, birth certificate or child benefit letter.
There are four groups in our nursery. All children are placed in one of the four groups. On arrival please take your child to his/her keyworker group.
2 Year Olds Bees
Three Year Old Badgers
(Preschool) Four Year Olds Birds
We ask that children are brought to nursery on time. If you wish to arrive later or pick up your child earlier please inform Mrs Fletcher.
Please inform the nursery if your child is going to be absent.
Collection of children
When a child is admitted to the nursery, one or both parents is/are responsible for collecting their child. If a different person calls to collect the child, and the parents have not informed the nursery of this, then the parents’ permission must be obtained before handing over the child.
* Children are entitled to 15 hours per week.
*These can be taken either 5 afternoons, 5 mornings or you may pay for full-time. Full time will be 8:30 to 3:30 Monday to Friday.