FUNDING & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is free early education for three and four year olds?
and four-year-old children are entitled to 15 hours of free early education
prior to starting school. Early years research clearly shows that good quality
early education does benefit children in the long term, particularly the most
disadvantaged. It has also shown that high quality, pre-school provision enhances
children's all round cognitive, language and social development.
My Child is Two are they Eligible
for Free Childcare?
are also eligible for 15 hours of free childcare, to be eligible you must be receiving one of the following:
- Income support
- Has a current
statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and
Disability Living Allowance
- Has left care
through special guardianship, an adoption or residence order. Your child will also need to be registered with your local Children's
Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part
VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed
element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit,
provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an
annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HM Revenue and
- Working Tax Credit
and earning less than £16,190 a year
- Universal Credit
When is my child eligible?
will start the 1 January, 1 April or 1 September, whichever comes
first following your child's third birthday and running up to
and including the term in which they turn five or start at a state maintained
Will I have to pay any additional
fees for extra services, snacks or food?
No, at the
current time Kerswell Kids Preschool runs as a not-for-profit organisation,
there are no hidden charges or top up fees.
How can I use my funded hours at
You can use your 15 or
30 hours flexibly for example:
All morning sessions 9:00am to 12:00pm = 3 hrs
x 5 sessions = 15hrs.
Two morning sessions 9:00am to 12:00pm + three
afternoons 12:00pm to 3:00pm = 3 hrs x 5 sessions = 15hrs.
Two breakfast sessions 8:00am to 9:00am + two
morning sessions 9:00am to 12:00pm + two afternoon sessions 12:00pm to 3:00pm +
one late session 3:00pm to 4:00pm = 1+hrs x 3 + 3hrs x 4 = 15hrs.
All morning sessions 9:00am to 12:00pm + all afternoon
sessions 12:00pm to 3:00pm = 3hrs x 10 sessions = 30hrs.
Four breakfast sessions 8:00am to 9:00am + four
morning sessions 9:00am to 12:00pm + four afternoon sessions + two late sessions 3:00pm to 4:00pm = 1hrs x 6
sessions + 3hrs x 8 sessions = 30hrs
N.B - due to our sessional hours we do no allow parents to drop off mid-way through a session - unless this has been
What is 30 hours free childcare?
- from 1
September 2017, the government increased free childcare to 30 hours a week
for eligible working parents.
hours free childcare can be taken up to 38 weeks a year, but it is
possible to stretch your entitlement by taking fewer hours over more weeks
of the year.
eligible for 30 hours of free childcare will also be able to apply for the Tax-Free Childcare scheme (see below).
Who is Eligible for 30hrs?
must be 3 or 4 by 31 August in order to be eligible to start on 1 September. 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. This means
you don't have to
actually work 16 hours a week but earn at least the
these wage rates.
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
*Work includes employed and
Circumstances where you may still be
can still apply for 30 hours free 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 free childcare if either you or your partner are employed or
self-employed and one of you gets one or more of the following benefits:
Employment and Support Allowance
Benefit or long-term Incapacity Benefit
Insurance credits because of incapacity or limited capability for work
been assessed as having limited capability for work for Universal Credit
How do I
Apply for my Free Childcare?
Kids will give parents a parent declaration form to claim the universal 15hrs
early education funding and/or the extended entitlement. Working parents you
are eligible for tax free childcare (see below) and 30 hours free childcare, to
find out if you are eligible for either scheme go to the Government website www.gov.uk/childcare
What is Tax-Free Childcare?
£8 a parent pays in, the government will pay in an extra £2.
receive up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs, or
£4,000 for disabled children, separate from funded entitlements. The offer
will be available for children up to the age of 12, or 17 for children who are
both parents will have to be in work, and each expecting to earn at least £115
a week and not more than £100,000 each year.
will be able to open an online childcare account, which they will use to pay
for their childcare directly.
will be able to apply for all their children at the same time, when their
youngest child becomes eligible. All eligible parents will be able to join
Tax-Free Childcare by the end of 2017. Tax-Free Childcare can be used to pay
and day nurseries
based care (that is paid for, such as after-school clubs)
Parents can't claim
Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as claiming tax credits, Universal Credit
or childcare vouchers. Childcare providers can receive payments from both
Tax-Free Childcare and childcare vouchers.
there any other childcare funding?
government provides a childcare
for you to get an estimate of how much
funding you could get to help pay for approved childcare. As well as Tax-Free
childcare it also calculates if you might be eligible for up to 15 and 30 hours
free childcare, Tax Credits, Universal Credits, Childcare Vouchers or help
whilst you study. Tax-Free Childcare will eventually replace Childcare Vouchers
The government provide a better
so you can work out if you're better off with Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free
Childcare (you can't claim both).
What is Early
Years Pupil Premium?
The Early Years Pupil
Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old
children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formerly
in local authority care but who left care because they were adopted or were
subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order. This means an extra £302 a year for each
child taking up the full 15hrs entitlement.
At Kerswell Kids, wecan use
theextra fundingin any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years
education that we provide for your child. This could include, for example,
additional training for our staff on early language, investing in partnership
working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting
our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.
What happens when my child starts
can start school the September after their fourth birthday, however parents do
have the option to delay their start date until the term of their child's fifth
birthday. If a child starts school in the September after their fourth birthday
(as most children do), the funding is transferred to the school. You do not
need to apply for the funding, this transfer happens automatically. If you
choose to delay your child's start date until the term of their fifth birthday
the funding can continue at the early years setting they are already attending.