Childcare

Two Year Provision

  • For families in England, receiving some form of support.
  • With 2-year-old children
  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • To be able to take up 15 hours of free childcare for your two-year-old you or your child must meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit GOV.UK for further information.
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

Q&A

Am I eligible?

15 hours of free childcare is available for all families in England.

Where can I use it?

It’s available at participating:

  • Full day care (e.g nurseries)
  • Schools
  • Childminders
  • Sessional providers (e.g. playgroups)

From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 3rd birthday.

What isn’t covered?

The 15 hours free childcare/early education offer is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies or sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips). Providers may charge a fee for these additions. If you choose to pay for these it is an arrangement between you and the childcare provider. However, you must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a 15 hours place, and must be offered alternative options.

When could my child start?

If you qualify for free childcare, your child could take up their ‘play & learn sessions the term after their 2nd birthday

Three Year Provision

We now offer 3-Year-Old Nursery Education here at Kelloe Phoenix Centre. If you require any further information regarding the free 15 hours of Nursery Education, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Age 3-4 : 15 Hours Free Childcare

  • For all families in England
  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider

Q&A

Am I eligible?

15 hours of free childcare is available for all families in England.

Where can I use it?

It’s available at participating:

  • Full day care (e.g. nurseries)
  • Schools
  • Childminders
  • Sessional providers (e.g. playgroups)
  • Sure Start Children’s Centres
  • After school clubs

From 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following your child’s 3rd birthday.

What isn’t covered?

The 15 hours free childcare/early education offer is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies or sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips). Providers may charge a fee for these additions. If you choose to pay for these it is an arrangement between you and the childcare provider. However, you must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a 15 hours place, and must be offered alternative options.

When could my child start?

If you qualify for free childcare, your child could take up their ‘play & learn sessions the term after their 2nd birthday

Three Year Provision

Age 3-4 : 30 Hours Free Childcare

  • For working families in England
  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • 30 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more
    childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week
  • If your working pattern and/or income has changed because of coronavirus (COVID-19); before you apply or reconfirm for 30 hours, please read how these changes may affect your eligibility

Q&A

Am I eligible?

You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £139 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if either you, or your partner, each individually expect to earn £100,000 or more.

When can my child start?

Your child can start in their childcare place the term after they turn 3 years old and have received a valid 30 hours code, whichever is later. Term start dates are 1st September, 1stJanuary and 1st April. To keep your 30 hours free childcare place you need to check your details are up to date every 3 months.

Where can I use it?

It’s available at participating:

  • Full day care (e.g nurseries)
  • Schools
  • Childminders
  • Sessional providers (e.g. playgroups)
  • Sure Start Children’s Centres
  • After school clubs

Please view the step by step guide on how to use 30 hours free childcare

What isn’t covered?

The 30 hours free childcare offer is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables (such as nappies or sun cream), additional hours or additional activities (such as trips). Providers may charge a fee for these additions. If you choose to pay for these it is an arrangement between you and the childcare provider. However, you must not be required to pay any fee as a condition of taking up a 30 hour place and must be offered alternative options.

For further information on all childcare options please visit: childcarechoices.gov.uk

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