How to access funding to support your child’s place at Castle Lane Day Nursery in Market Harborough

Depending on the age of your child and your own personal circumstances, there may well be funding out there to help support your child’s place at Castle Lane Day Nursery in Market Harborough.

Government funding for two year olds

Provided you meet the eligibility criteria, government funding is available for your two year old, so they can access free early education and childcare.

Eligibility criteria for free education and childcare for 2-year-olds

In order to access this funding, you must live in England and receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, 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)

Your 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

How to access free education and childcare for your two year old

If you are eligible for free education and childcare for 2 year olds, the free early education and childcare must be with an approved childcare provider like Castle Lane Day Nursery.

The support starts from the term after your child’s 2nd birthday and you may have to pay for extra costs like nappies or trips.

For further information about funding for two year olds contact: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-2-year-olds

Two year old funded places at Castle Lane Day Nursery

This funding, should you be entitled to it, is for 15 hours a week only. It is also only available during the Leicestershire term time (and therefore not during any school holidays).

You can claim for the following hours:

  • 8am-1pm (5 hour)
  • 1pm-6pm (5 hour)
  • or whole day 8am-6pm (10 hours)

We make no charge for these funded places and all your child’s food is included.

15 hours free childcare for all 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 to 4 year olds in England can get 570 free hours per year.

Government funding for children aged 3 to 4 is universal, so everyone with a child aged three is entitled to access it from the term after their child’s 3rd birthday.

For example, a child who turns 3 in December will then receive funding in January.

This funding for free early education and childcare must be with an approved childcare provider such as Castle Lane. The funding stops once your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later).

You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.

When can I access the 15 hours free childcare for my 3 year old at Castle Lane?

This funding is for 15 hours a week only. It is also only available during the Leicestershire term time (and therefore not during any school holidays).

You can claim for the following hours:

  • 8am-1pm (5 hour)
  • 1pm-6pm (5 hour)
  • or whole day 8am-6pm (10 hours)

We charge a sundries cost for food and any trips (please see our information on fees at Castle Lane Day Nursery).

Should your personal circumstances require you to need completely funded sessions, these will be offered during the 1-6pm session only.

For further information about 15 hours funding for three year olds contact: https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds?

30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

Government funding of up to a total of 30 hours childcare per week for children aged 3 to 4 is also available for parents, dependant on:

  • if you are working
  • how much you earn
  • your child’s circumstances
  • your nationality

Eligibility criteria for free education and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work
  • on sick leave or annual leave
  • on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave

If you’re on parental leave, you cannot apply for the child you’re on leave for.

If you are not currently working, you may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

How much do I need to earn to claim for the 30 hours free childcare?

According to the government website, you will need to expect to earn a certain amount over the next 3 months. This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.

For example, over the next 3 months you expect to earn at least £1,707.68 – the National Living Wage for people over 25.

If you have a partner, they’ll need to expect to earn at least this much too.

If you’re self-employed and do not expect to make enough profit in the next 3 months, you can use an average of how much you expect to make over the current tax year.

This earnings limit does not apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

If you or your partner have an ‘adjusted net income’ over £100,000 in the current tax year you will not be eligible. This includes any bonuses you expect to get.

At what point can I claim the 30 hours free childcare for my child?

Children aged three are entitled to access it from the term after their 3rd birthday. For example, a child who turns 3 in December will then receive funding in January.

This funding for free early education and childcare must be with an approved childcare provider such as Castle Lane and stops once your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later).

When can I access the 30 hours free childcare for my 3 year old at Castle Lane?

This funding is for 30 hours a week only. It is also only available during the Leicestershire term time (and therefore not during any school holidays).

You can claim for the following hours:

  • 8am-1pm (5 hour)
  • 1pm-6pm (5 hour)
  • or whole day 8am-6pm (10 hours)

We charge a sundries cost for food and any trips (please see our information on fees at Castle Lane Day Nursery).

Parents can also choose to spilt this funding across different approved providers should they wish. Castle Lane can contact another setting to liaise about your child’s progress.

How to access 30 hours per week childcare funding for 3 and 4 year olds

For more information on how to access the 30 hours per week funding, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

Last updated August 2019