Funding your child's place
A variety of sources of funding may help you with covering your childcare costs. For more information about how these work, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.
Some families are eligible for financial assistance through the Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit (if eitheryou or your partner is working). The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances. You can order a claim pack by calling the Tax Credits helpline on 0845 300 3900. For more information on eligibility and how to claim, visit www.taxcredits.inlandrevenue.gov.uk
Nursery Education Funding for two year olds
Some 2 year olds are eligible for free early education. As with the 3 and 4 year old funded places this can be taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year.
Parents must be eligible for one of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not over £16,190
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Working Tax Credits and earn £16,190 a year or less
Children are also entitled to a place if:
- they’re looked after by a local council
- they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
- they get Disability Living Allowance
- they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
Nursery Education Funding for three year olds
From the term after your child’s third birthday, you will be able to claim from the local authority for a maximum of 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks of the year. You will be required to complete the relevant forms to enable us to claim this from Bradford Early Years on your behalf. The funding is deducted from your annual invoice.
Extended Entitlement Funding
As you may be aware the government introduced the ‘Extended Entitlement’ (sometimes referred to in the media as 30 hours funding) from September 2017. Children may will be eligible for the extended entitlement from the term after their third birthday.
To find out if your child may be eligible for this please visit the governments childcare choices website.
The Early Years funding rates for all funding have been set by Bradford Council and these are lower than our hourly rate, they have decreased for the last two years and it has been confirmed that they are set to be decreased again in 2019.
Bradford Council have advised us to issue an additional charge to all parents claiming funding with us to cover the shortfall.
The additional payment will cover some of the cost of:
- All of the meals, snacks and drinks we provide throughout each session.
- All consumerable materials we provide, for example nappies, wipes, toilet roll, hand soap, aprons, gloves, sun cream and calpol.
- All first aid kits
- All craft supplies and baking ingredients.
- Each child’s development and learning file and the photographs included within them.
If you have any questions with regards to the extended entitlement funding please do not hesitate to contact our nursery manager Joanne Hanbidge.
Corporate Childcare Vouchers
In April 2005, the government introduced the Corporate Childcare Vouchers Scheme (not to be confused with the Nursery Education Grant for Three and Four Year Olds, which is in addition to this scheme). This scheme allows each parent/legal guardian to earn a portion of their salary on a basis which is non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions. It is paid in the form of Corporate Childcare Vouchers. Self-employed parents/legal guardians can also benefit from the use of these vouchers, but only if they pay themselves a salary.
At present, this allowance is capped at £55 for each parent/legal guardian per week. This equates to £2,916 per annum or £243 per calendar month for each parent/legal guardian.
We can easily register with any voucher provider, and already accept vouchers from providers including:
· Accor Services
· Computershare Voucher Services (formerly known as Busy Bees)
If you receive paper vouchers, they can be passed to us and redeemed each month against your fees. Alternatively, many providers now offer an automatic or semi-automatic redemption process. If you pay the balance of your fees by direct debit, once we know that you are redeeming childcare vouchers automatically we will deduct your monthly voucher payment from your invoice total at the beginning of each month.