We currently offer all children 11 hours of funded childcare from the term after their 3rd birthday. This is automatically deducted from your child’s invoice and we claim this direct from the government.
There are certain situations in which parents can claim additional ‘extended’ funding which allows them to access 22 hours of funded childcare, however you will need to apply through the HM Revenue and Customs website, please see our useful links page.
If you’re eligible for 22 hours funded childcare, you’ll receive a 22 hours eligibility code.
We require you to complete and return a form which will contain your 11 digit eligibility code, your National Insurance number, your child’s date of birth and your signature which gives us permission to process your request to access the funding.
Please note that we require the code before the beginning of the term that you wish to claim for. (i.e. 31st March for April start, 31st August for September start, 30th December for January start.)
Every three months, you’ll need to reconfirm that you’re still eligible, you’ll be reminded to reconfirm 4 weeks before the deadline.
We wont need to see the code each time, our systems will recheck the same code.
If you fall out of eligibility the funding doesn’t stop straight away, there is a grace period of up to a term. This allows for you to either reduce your child’s hours or for your situation to change to fall back into eligibility.
Additional Service charge for 3/4 year funded children
Unfortunately, government funding for early years has failed to increase in line with inflation. Therefore, we are forced to charge a weekly service charge for all our funded children.
This is £5 per week for those using 11 hours and £10 per week for those accessing 22 hours per week.
This service charge still sees many parents paying much less than they otherwise would, it also allows us to pay our hard working team the necessary wage and they can continue to create amazing activities. The charge also covers such things, but not limited to, snacks, crafts, sun cream, outings and much more.
For further help and information you can call HM Revenue and Customs Helpline on 0300 123 4097 or click on the link here.