Free 15 hours for all 3 and 4 year olds

The Government provides universal funding for ALL three and four year old children starting from the term following their third birthday until they start Reception. These children qualify for 15 hours of free entitlement per week during term time.  Parents DO NOT need to make an application for this entitlement but should contact their preferred provider directly.

The date you can claim will depend on when your child’s birthday is:

Child’s Birthday

When you can claim

1 January to 31 March

The beginning of term on or after 1 April (Summer Term)

1 April to 31 August

The beginning of term on or after 1 September (Autumn Term)

1 September to 31 December

The beginning of term on or after 1 January (Spring Term)

 

Free 30 hours for 3 and 4 year olds and Tax Free childcare

These are two separate Government schemes to help parents with the cost of childcare and both can be applied for in one online application through the childcare service. Parents can use Tax Free Childcare alongside 15 and 30 free hours but not at the same time as childcare vouchers universal credit or tax credits.  However, you can receive 30 hours free childcare alongside these schemes.  If you are eligible for the tax free childcare scheme please take a screen shot of your application and send into school so that your eligibility code can be validated.

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are in work for 16 hours a week and earning at least £120 a week but no more than £100,000 each a year.  You must make the application the term before you wish to start receiving funding and you can apply up to 16 weeks before your child turns three.  Hours can start at the beginning of the next term following a YES confirmation from HMRC.  If you are eligible for these extra hours, you will receive an 11 digit reference code to pass onto your provider, along with your National Insurance number and child’s birth certificate, and reserve your child’s place.  You will need to reconfirm your eligibility every three months.

Please visit https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for further details of eligibility and how to apply.  You can also ring the childcare service helpline on 0300 123 4097.  Parents MUST make their own application and if eligible complete a Parental Declaration Form available from school.  Please also let us know on this form if your child is eligible for Early Years’ Pupil Premium.  Children will be eligible if their parents receive benefits used to access eligibility for free school meals.  If you complete the EYPP section, with parent NI number and date of birth, school can make the application for you.  This money is paid directly to school to help support your child.

Free childcare for 2 year olds

Some 2 year olds are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week under the Think2 funding scheme.  Your family must claim any one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit and have an annual income not over £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit and have an annual income not over £16,190
  • 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
  • Universal Credit and a net annual household earnings below £15,400
  • The child is looked after by the Local Authority

If you are eligible you will be given a voucher code which you will need to complete our Parental Declaration form available from school.  For more information please visit https:www.staffordshire.gov.uk/think2 and apply online.  If you wish, school can apply on your behalf but you will need to complete a consent form.

You may be sent a personally addressed golden ticket in the post. Providing the golden ticket is validated before the expiration date, parents with eligible 2 year olds can access up to 15 hours of funded early education or childcare.There is no need for the parent to also apply online as this serves as confirmation of funding.

 

You can start claiming for eligible children after they turn 2, depending when their birthday is:

Child’s 2nd birthday

When they can claim from

1 January to 31 March

The beginning of term on or after 1 April (Summer Term)

1 April to 31 August

The beginning of term on or after 1 September (Autumn Term)

1 September to 31 December

The beginning of term on or after 1 January (Spring Term)

 

Non-Funded Places

For children who are not entitled to funded 30 hours or Think 2, our daily fees are as follows:

  • £10 per morning or afternoon session
  • £1.50 for lunchtime supervision (with sandwiches from home)
  • £1.50 for a hot meal (if required)

All payments will be invoiced monthly and should be made on Parent Pay.

We also accept most childcare vouchers.

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