Funding

On this page you will be able to find information about 15 and 30 hour funding for 3-5 year olds and 15 hours funding for 2 year olds. Information about the use of sessions is also provided below.

15 & 30 hour funding for 3-5 year olds

Early education places for children are available at Handprints Day Nursery all children are eligible for 15 hours early years education from the term after their 3rd birthday. From September 2017 some children will be eligible for 30 hours early education.

Eligibility rules for 30 hours free childcare:

  • Your child will be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts in your area
  • Both parents must be working – or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
  • Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
  • You live in England

Families where one parent doesn’t work, or both parents don’t work, will usually not be eligible for these additional 15 hours.

When can you start claiming?

The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday.

Child’s birthdayWhen you can claim
1 January to 31 MarchThe beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 AugustThe beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 DecemberThe beginning of term on or after 1 January

What’s not included?

  • Children who are attending a funded place are offered a choice of purchasing a meal, or they are welcome to bring a packed lunch. Nappies and wipes are not included and parents are asked to provide their own.
  • Please note included within our fees for non-funded children are the following
  • Nappies and Wipes £0.20p per full day and £0.10p per half day
  • Meals £1.20 for lunch £0.80p for High tea
  • Hourly rate for extra hours £5.00
  • Other consumables may be added at a later date with the costing to be confirmed, this will be included within our annual fee review for non-funded places.

To book a place please contact the nursery on 01535 657714 or handprints@outlook.com.

To find out what funded your eligibility is please visit www.childcarechoices.co.uk

Alternatively, other providers can be found here.

15 hours funding for 2 year olds

Some 2 year olds can receive 15 hours of term time only early education at handprints.

Eligibility rules

If you are receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit
  • tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • 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 (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

What’s not included?

  • Children who are attending a funded place are offered a choice of purchasing a meal, or they are welcome to bring a packed lunch. Nappies and wipes are not included and parents are asked to provide their own.  Wrap around care between ourselves and other providers this will be charged at £6.50.
  • Please note included within our fees for non-funded children are the following:
  • Nappies and Wipes £0.20p per full day and £0.10p per half day
  • Meals £1.20 for lunch £0.80p for High tea
  • Hourly rate for extra hours £5.00
  • Other consumables may be added at a later date with the costing to be confirmed, this will be included within our annual fee review for non-funded places.

To book a place please contact the nursery on 01535657714 or handprints@outlook.com.

To find out what funded your eligibility is please visit www.childcarechoices.co.uk

Alternatively, other providers can be found here.

Sessions

30 hours

  • 30 hours for 38 weeks of the year to be used within a week, this can be done 5 x 9:00- 3.00 sessions, 3 x 10 hour sessions i.e. 8:30-6:30 or 7:30-5:30.
  • 15 hours a week at two settings 38 weeks per year i.e. Aire View nursery school. This would not include the pick up or drop off at the school which will continue to be charged at our current rate of £6.50.
  • If parents wish to stretch their funding over the full year this would make 22 hours per week. Previously we advised parents that you would be able to use this as 2 x 7:30-6:30 sessions. The guidance we have been produced with states a session must be no longer than 10hours, so if parents still wish to do 7:30-6:30 and use 10 hours funding there would be a charge of £5.00 per day. This obviously leaves 2 hours per week in funding to be used so an additional 2 hour session could be booked.
  • Parents not wishing to do the above can now use the 22 hours in the following way 2 x 8hr sessions i.e 7:30-3.30, 8:30-4:30, 9:30-5:3  then a 6hr session of either 7:30-1.30 or 12:30-6:30 or 9:00-3:00
  • Any additional hours will be charged at the nursery’s hourly rate of £5 per hour.

15 hours

  • For the 15hours – it would be 9.00-3.00 2 days per week, then a 3 hour session of either 9.30-12.30 or 1.30 -4.30 or 9.30-12.30 five mornings per week, 1.30 -4.30 five afternoons a week or 7.30 – 5.30, 8.30 – 6.30 then a 7.30 – 12,30 or 1.30 – 6.30 all hours are term time only.
  • Extra sessions can be booked during the holidays at our current fees.

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