PRECIOUS TOTS NURSERY
Free early education and childcare
All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds (if they meet a certain criteria) are entitled to 570 hours of free early education and childcare a year. This is usually offered as 15 hours per week for up to 38 weeks a year and is known as the universal entitlement. This is also known as the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE), which is is a government grant.
This entitlement can be claimed through an Ofsted registered childcare provider which could be a private, nursery, school nursery, day care, pre-school, child minder, breakfast club, afterschool club or a holiday play scheme.
In September 2017 this entitlement will increase the hours from 15 to 30 a week for working families who meet the eligibility criteria. This means that eligible children will be able to receive up to 1140 hours of free childcare a year.
30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare are two separate government schemes, to help working parents with the cost of childcare. You can apply for both through one online application – the childcare service.
To find out if you are eligible and apply, you can visit the 30 hours free childcare: eligibility page on GOV.UK.
When your child qualifies
You can start claiming free childcare, the term after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is:
When you can claim
1st April to 31st August
The beginning of the term after
1st September – Autumn Term
1st September to 31st December
The beginning of the term after 1st January – Spring Term
1st January to 31st March
The beginning of the term after 1st April – Summer Term
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
From April 2015, nurseries, schools, child minders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formerly in local authority care but who left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order.
We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include, for example, additional training for our staff on early language or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language
Therefore, we ask that ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS to fill in a EYPP form on registration. This will allow us to claim the additional Early Years Pupil Premium.
TO FIND OUT IF YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR EITHER OF THESE TWO TYPES OF FUNDING OR TO APPLY PLEASE CLICK LINK BELOW