Early Years Education Funding
15 Hours Childcare & 30 Hours Funding
Please note, since Somerset changed to the “Stretched Entitlement” offer, your child is now allocated 570 hours per year. This is given the term after their 2nd ( check eligibility) or 3rd birthday. There is no longer a ’cap’ on the amount of hours you can claim in a term, but there are still other restrictions.
If you are unsure of what funding may be avilable to you visit the childcare choices website where you will be able to see what you are eligible for.
30 Hour Additional Funding
We Offer Funding
From September 2017 eligible families of 3 & 4 year old children will be able to access up to an additional 15 funded hours a week on top of their universal entitlement (see below)
Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for upto
30 hours funded childcare:
• They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage
over the coming three months.
• This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or
£112.80 a week (or c.£5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
• This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.
• The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to
enable them to work.
• Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or
if they are on statutory sick leave.
• Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they
are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability
• Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need
to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.
• If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.
You can find out more information on this and the goverments new Tax Free Childcare scheme by visiting Childcare Choices and answering a few simple questions. Otherwise pop in to The Olive Tree Nursery and we will be more than happy to help.
This funding is only available for 38 weeks of the year. If you wish to use this funding on an 'all year round' basis it will not equate to 30 hours a week. If you use these hours on an ' all year round' basis you will have 22 hours per week.
30 hour funding x 38 funded weeks = 1,140 hours per year
1,140 funded hours / 50 weeks of the year = 22 hours per week.
3 & 4 Year Old Universal Funding
30 Hours Funding
The 3 & 4 year old universal funding is available to ALL children the term after their 3rd birthday and continues until they start school. The 3 & 4 year old universal funding entitles you to 570 hours a year.
No more than 10 hours to be used a day
EYEF does not cover extra costs, such as meals and extra activities
No more than 15 hours per week, if used on a ‘Term Time Only’ place
No more than 11 hours per week, if used on an ‘All Year Round’ place
Funding can only be used for our ' educational sessions' for more information please ask
You are allocated 570 hours the term after your child’s birthday. At present our hourly rate for funded hours is £3.70.
570 x £3.70 = £2109.00 per year
If you would like more information please email us.
Funding Term dates
Autumn Term Dates
1st September to 31st December
Spring Term Dates
1st January to 31st March
Summer Term Dates
1st April to 31st August
2 Year Old Funding
15 Hours Free Childcare
We are pleased to be able to offer 2 year old funded spaces.
Families with 2 year old children who meet the criteria below can apply for funding for 2 year olds. Somerset County Council will pay for a place for up to 570 hours over the year at a registered childcare provider. A maximum of 15 hours per week is available. Children become eligible in the funding period after their second birthday. (Extract taken from Somerset.gov.uk)
Am I entitled?
Families who receive any of the following are entitled to funding for 2 year olds:
Income Support (IS)
Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) - not Contribution related
Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) - not Contribution based
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) of less than £16,190
Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) of less than £16,190
Children are entitled if any of the following apply to them:
Children who are 2 and receive Disability Living Allowance
Children who are 2 and have been adopted, or who have left care through special guardianship or child arrangement orders
Children who are 2 and have a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education Health and Care Plan
Children who are 2 and are looked after by the local authority