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15 Hours Funding

 

All children are entitled to 15 hours funding the term after they turn three. Parents do not need to apply for this funding.

 

Child’s Birthday When your child can start nursery
1 January to 31 March The beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August The beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December The beginning of term on or after 1 January

 

If a child is eligible for two year old funding, they can start nursery in the term that they turn three. You can check if your child is eligible for two year old funding by clicking here.

 

30 Hours Funding

 

How do I check if my child is eligible?

Some children will be eligible for 30 hours funding, if their parents (or parent if the child is from a single parent family) work more than 16 hours per week and earn more than the minimum wage. To check if your child is entitled,  please click here  - scroll down the page until you see the heading "30 Hours Free Childcare" and click on the "Apply Now" button.

 

My child is eligible, what do I do now?

  • you should have received an 11 digit code from the HMRC
  • bring your code to Moira in the School Office, along with your National Insurance Number, proof of your date of birth, and proof of your child's date of birth. This is to prove who you are, to make sure this matches to the eligibility code and also to prove that the child is your child.
  • we need your consent to check the validity of your code before allocating your child a place.  Moira will give you a consent form to complete.
  • once your code has been checked, we will allocate your child a place, if we have space to meet your requirements.

 

PLEASE NOTE, YOUR CHILD'S EXTENDED ENTITLEMENT WILL BEGIN THE TERM AFTER THE START DATE OF THE CODE.  SEE THE TABLE BELOW FOR A LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES

 

 Date of Child's 3rd Birthday  Eligibility Code Must Be Applied By AND Dated Month Child Can Start Nursery
1st January to 31st March NO LATER THAN 31st MARCH April
1st April to 31st August NO LATER THAN 31st AUGUST September
1st September to 31st December NO LATER THAN 31st DECEMBER January

 

 

Is there any other help available with childcare costs?

 

Tax Free Childcare is an online payment account, topped up by the Government, which parents use solely to pay their childcare costs. For every £8 that a family pays in, the Government will make a top-up payment of £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year. This is available for children under 12 years old.

 

Click here to find out more information on Tax Free Childcare.

 

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