Toad Hall Nursery Group are delighted to be working closely with the Family and Childcare Trust to provide parents with information about childcare funding. Through this unique collaboration, our nursery staff can help you find out whether funding for nursery childcare is available for you.
We will also keep you updated on the developments taking place around tax free childcare and 30 hours free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds.
Childcare Funding – what you need to know
Early Learning Childcare
All children aged 3 and 4 and some children aged 2 are eligible for 15 hours a week of free early learning and childcare for 38 weeks of the year. You can use these 15 hours at pre-schools, most registered nurseries or with a childminder to help with childcare costs.
Eligibility for 3 and 4 year olds: All children will be offered 15 hours a week in the term following their third birthday.
Eligibility for 2 year olds: Children aged 2 can be offered free hours if your family is claiming certain benefits such as Disability Living Allowance or Universal Tax credits and has an annual salary of £16,190 or less.
Childcare funding for student parents
If you are aged 20 or over and studying on a college course, the Discretionary Learner Support Fund may be able to help you with childcare costs. Or if you are aged under 20, Care to Learn can help with financing childcare – so that you can continue your education or training.
For higher education students, if you are a full-time undergraduate or PGCE student with dependent children aged under 15 (under 17 if your child is disabled) you may be able to get a Childcare Grant. This is paid in three installments through the Students Loan Company and does not have to be repaid.
Childcare funding for working parents
If you are in work, Working Tax Credit is available to top up low wages and can include a childcare element to help cover childcare costs. The childcare element of Working Tax Credit can pay up to 70% of eligible childcare costs up to set weekly amounts.
Universal Credit is a new benefit being introduced for people on low incomes both in and out of work. This includes a childcare cost element for those who are working. It provides childcare support to parents even if they only work a few hours every week.
Employer Supported Childcare may be available from your employer; you can make savings through a reduction in the amount of tax and National Insurance Contributions you pay on your childcare costs. Speak to your employer for more information.
About the Family and Childcare Trust
The Family and Childcare Trust helps make the UK a better place for families. Through our vital research, campaigning and practical support, we are creating a more family friendly UK. For further information, visit www.familyandchildcaretrust.org.
See our childcare funding leaflets or download the PDF documents below:
If you have any questions about childcare funding, or for more information about the grants mentioned above, please speak to your Nursery Manager.