At our school, all children accessing our nursery provision and who are receiving the 15 how flexible free entitlement are able to access extra nursery sessions. For example, if a child attends nursery 5 mornings a week from 8.50 am – 11.50 am, the child can also stay on an afternoon at a cost of £12.50 per session and be collected at 3.15 pm. A session is 3 hours. Equally, if a child attends on an afternoon from 12.15am, the child can come into school for an extra session on a morning which starts at 8.50 am. If you would like your child to stay all day this must be arranged with the Foundation Unit. If you know you require your child to attend regularly, please inform the staff in the Foundation Unit and you will be invoiced a month in advance. If you would like to book ad hoc sessions, please ask the Foundation Unit staff. Such sessions will be charged for on an invoice at the end of a month. If your child attends all day, he/she will need to bring in a packed lunch.
30 hours free entitlement
All 3 and 4 year olds in nursery are entitled to 15 hours free education. However, from September 2017 some of these children will be entitled to 30 hours free education and childcare each week.
Children will only be eligible if the parents meet the criteria outlined below. Children are eligible the term following their third birthday.
|Child’s birthday||When you can claim|
|1 January to 31 March||The beginning of term on or after 1 April|
|1 April to 31 August||The beginning of term on or after 1 September|
|1 September to 31 December||The beginning of term on or after 1 January|
To be eligible for 30 hours parents must meet the following criteria:
Both parents are working (or sole parent in a lone parent family) & each parent/carer earns on average:
- a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) (for under 25 yr olds) or national living wage (NLW) (if over 25 yrs old), and
- less than £100,000 per year
- Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave or statutory sick pay, or
- One parent is employed & the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring, or
- One parent is employed & one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.
If you think you may be eligible, you must apply online through the childcare service.
If you’re eligible, you will receive a code which will allow you to arrange your place ahead of September 2017. You will need to present the code along with your NI number and child’s date of birth to the school and this will be verified with the Local Authority.
Once your eligibility has been confirmed, it will be up to the school to confirm the way in which these 30hours will be delivered. Checks will need to be carried out every 3 months to reconfirm eligibility.
Although some children will be eligible for 30 hours, this will depend on our capacity at the time as to whether or not we can offer it. Families will have to apply online each term to check eligibility for the following term.
You do not need to actually work 16 hours per week, but your earnings must equal at least 16 hours work at minimum wage / national living wage. This equates to a minimum income requirement for a parent/carer over the age of 25 of £115.20 a week, or for 21-24 year olds of £107.20 a week.
A parent/carer will be eligible if they expect (on average) to earn this amount over the coming three months.
‘Parent’ means a person who has parental responsibility for the child. In cases where a parent has remarried or is living with a partner, the step-parent or partner must also meet the earning threshold.
Foster carers are only eligible for the extended entitlement for their own children (if they meet the criteria); they are not eligible for children that they foster.
Please contact the school office for more information.