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Funding & Billing Information

All sessions are term time only and are charged per session booked.

 

From January 2024 sessions will be charged as follows:

 

3/4 Year Olds..............................£5.00 (£15.00 per session)

2 Year Olds.................................£5.25 (£15.75 per session)

 

We accept Funded Twos.

In accordance with the government incentive every three year old is entitled to 15 free hours of child care.

Information on Funding

Eligibility for funded childcare schemes depends on:

  • the age of your child
  • your working status or income

 

Two year old children

Families with children aged two are currently eligible for 15 hours per week of funded care for 38 weeks of the year if either parent is in receipt of one of these benefits:

  • Working Tax Credit provided your annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit provided your annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £15,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)

 

Or, the child:

  • has been adopted from local authority care
  • has been looked after by a local authority
  • has left care through a special guardianship or child arrangements order
  • is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance
  • has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan

If you have received a letter, you will need to complete the online application form to check your eligibility (link below). The letter is not proof of entitlement as your circumstances can change. You do not need the letter to make an application - anyone meeting eligibility can apply.

The eligibility starts from the school term after your child’s second birthday.  If you qualify, you will receive an authorisation code, which you need to give to provide us with. The authorisation code can be used at more than one provider and is valid until the funding period following your child's third birthday.

If you are eligible, your child is entitled to a maximum of 570 funded hours in the 12 month period. Please refer to the table below for the eligible dates of birth.

 

Children born in the period

Become entitled for funding at the start of the funding period or following

Funding Period

1 January -31 March

1 April

Summer Term

1 April – 31 August

1 September

Autumn Term

1 September – 31 December

1 January

Spring Term

 

From April 2024

  • all eligible working parents of two year old children will be able to access funding for 15 hours per week of childcare for 38 weeks of the year.  For children born up to 31st March 2022, Parents and Carers need to apply for their funded hours by 31st March 2024 via Childcare Choices (see link below).
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  • From September 2025 
  • all eligible working parents of two year old children will able to access funding for 30 hours per week of childcare for 38 weeks of the year .

 

Three and four year old children

All three and four year olds can access 15 hours per week of funded childcare for 38 weeks of the year, regardless of the income or working status of their parent or carer.

In addition, eligible working families of three and four year olds can currently access 30 hours a week of funded care and education for 38 weeks of the year (570 hours in total).

Applications for this funding is made through the Childcare Choices website

Eligible working families

Families have to meet certain income requirements to be eligible for the current 30-hour offer for three and four year olds, and the new offers for children who are two years old.

The eligibility criteria applies to each parent or carer in dual-parent households and the lone parent or carer in lone-parent households.

Eligibility:

  • For Working families, including the self-employed, in the UK
  • Earning under £1000K and an average of £167 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Living Wage) each over 3 months
  • Who are not receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credits or childcare vouchers.

 

If you are eligible, you will be given an 11-digit code that you will need to provide us along with your national insurance number and your child’s birth certificate.

We will then use the government’s eligibility checking system to check the code is valid.   You will need to reconfirm your eligibility every three months and will receive a reminder text message or email from the government before the deadline.

Tax-free childcare

We accept payment using the government’s Tax-free childcare scheme which allows eligible parents to open an online account to pay for childcare. For every £80 you pay in, the government will pay in an extra £20. 

The eligibility criteria for tax-free childcare is similar to the 30-hour offer (see above). 

 

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