15 hours funded childcare for 3 & 4 year olds
All 3 and 4 year olds in England can get 570 hours of funded early education or childcare per year. We offer this over various sessions over 51**/48**/38 weeks of the year.
**additional costs apply
30 hours funded childcare for 3 & 4 year olds
A further 570 hours of extended entitlement childcare are available for eligible families.
Eligibility rules for 30 hours for 3 & 4 year olds.
- Your child must be 3 or 4 years old
- 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 the national minimum wage or the national living wage for their age
- Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100’000
- You must live in England
- Whilst the scheme is for working parents, you may also be eligible if one of you is an official carer. You may still be eligible if you are receiving disability benefits and the other one is working.
- If you have a zero hours contract and earn an equivalent of 16 hours at your minimum wage then you are eligible
- If you are self employed and earn the equivalent of 16 hours at your minimum wage then you are eligible.
The eligibility criteria is available on the governments website.
It is the parents responsibility to check their eligibility through HMRC. If eligible, you will receive a code which you must bring along to get it verified. You cannot access your 30 hours without this code. The process can take 2 -3 weeks and sometimes longer.So it is important to do this before the start of the new term.
We offer 30 hours in a similar way to our 15 hours as 1140 hours stretched over 48*/51* weeks of the year.
We also offer a limited number of zero cost sessions (570 hours/38 weeks, 1140 hours/51 weeks
*additional costs apply.
Please contact the nursery for more information.
When you can start claiming
The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday.
If your child’s birthday is between 1 January to 31 March your child can start their funded place at the beginning of the term on or after 1 April
If your child’s birthday is between 1 April to 31 August your child can start their funded childcare at the beginning of the term on or after 1 September
If your child’s birthday is between 1st September to 31 December
your child can start their funded childcare at the beginning of the term on or after 1 January
Funded Childcare Eligibility
The funded early education and childcare must be with an approved childcare provider like Lilliput Day Nursery.
It stops once your child starts reception class in a state school.
Eligibility for 2-year-olds
Your 2-year-old can get funded childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
- tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
2-year-olds can also get funded childcare if they:
- are looked after by a local authority
- have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- get Disability Living Allowance
- have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order
You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.
If you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits
Your 2-year-old may get funded childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:
- claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
- been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)
A 2-year-old you care for may also get funded childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have any of the following:
- leave to remain with ‘no recourse to public funds’ on family or private life grounds
- support from your local council because you have ‘a child in need’, for example they have a disability or a child protection plan
- the right to live in the UK because you’re the main carer of a British citizen (known as a ‘Zambrano Carer’)
Check with your local council if you’re unsure if you can get funded childcare.
If you need any further information please give us a call on 0121 457 8383 (Rubery) or 0121 444 1788 (Kings Heath)