All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.
Additional entitlement of extra 15 hours available for working parents.
You can start claiming free childcare after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.
|Child’s birthday||When you can claim|
|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|
Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015 the government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of education for 3 and 4 year old children in state-funded settings.
Penny Pot Nursery & Crèche could receive over £300 each year for every eligible 3 or 4 year old who takes up the full 570 hours of Free Early Learning (FEL) they are entitled to. In order to claim the funding we need to know which of our families meet at least 1 of the following criteria.
We can claim the funding for your child if your family gets any 1 of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related 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)
- Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit.
We can also claim the funding for your child if:
- they have been looked after for 1 day or more
- they have been adopted from care
- they have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order.
If you believe that any of the above apply to your family then please contact Margaret or Kirsty in the office.