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As a parent or carer of a 2 3 or 4 year-old, you are entitled to funded hours of childcare please read the information below if you have any further questions, please ask your Hope Nursery Manager.
Q: When can my child start claiming the 3 & 4 year funding?
A: 3-year-olds will be able to start a funded nursery place in the September, January or April following their third birthday.
Your child’s birthday must be before:
31 December will be eligible for funded nursery education from the Spring term (January)
31 March will be eligible for funded nursery education from the Summer Term (April)
31 August will be eligible for funded nursery education from the Autumn Term (September)
These are the cut off dates. If your child’s birthday is for example on the 1st or 2nd January and the term starts on the 5th January, unfortunately their funding will not start until the Summer term after Easter because they have passed the cut-off date of 31st December.
Q: How many funded hours can my child have?
A: All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of funded early education or childcare a year. Your child is entitled to a maximum of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. Approved providers include pre-schools and day nurseries that are registered and inspected by OFSTED. Parents can choose which provider they would like their child to go to, as long as they have places available.
Working parents may be entitled to 960 hours of funded early education or childcare a year. Your child is entitled to a maximum of 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. To find out if you are eligible to claim 30 hours, please read the information below.
To be eligible, you (and your partner if you have one), must either:.
- each expect to earn at least £115 a week or work* more than 16 hours at the National Living Wage, or each expect to earn at least £111 a week or work more than 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage.
- each expect to earn at least £61.92 a week if you’re under 18, £84.80 a week if you’re aged 18 to 20 or £52.80 a week if you’re an apprentice (either under 19 or in the first year of your apprenticeship)
*Work includes employed and self-employed persons.
Hope Nursery 30 hr session is split into two sessions half during the morning, 9:00am till 12:00pm then break for lunch and half in the afternoon; 1:00pm till 4:00pm the break for lunch is not funded and along with any additional hours outside the funded sessions must be paid for
Further eligibility conditions for you and your partner (if you have one)
- must live in England
- expect to have an income of less than £100,000 each a year
- if unemployed, you and your partner must become employed within 14 days of applying
- if your child is in reception at school, you can’t get free childcare. Once your child is of compulsory school age, they’re no longer eligible
If you don’t have a partner then all the conditions above just apply to you.
Circumstances where you may still be eligible:
You can still apply for 30 hours funded childcare if you or your partner are:
- taking paid time off work, such as maternity leave, paternity leave or sick leave
- temporarily away from England for a period of up to 6 months, such as if you’re in the military (on duty)
- already getting Universal Credit or tax credits
You can also still apply for 30 hours funded childcare if either you or your partner are employed or self-employed and one of you gets one or more of the following benefits:
- contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit or long-term Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- National Insurance credits because of incapacity or limited capability for work
- you’ve been assessed as having limited capability for work for Universal Credit purpose
Q: Do all my funded hours have to be with the same provider?
A: No, they do not have to be used with the same provider. You cannot have more than 15 funded hours per week and you do not have to use all 30 hours if you do not want to. However continuity for the child is important for his/her development in an environment they feel comfortable and are familiar with.
Q: Does my child have to take up an early education place?
A: It is up to you to decide what kind of early education, if any, is right for your child. By law, children are not required to attend any educational setting until the term after their fifth birthday. The grant is only available until your child starts school.
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