EARLY YEARS FUNDING
All 3 and 4 year old's are entitled to universal funding for early years education of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per annum.
30 hours funding is available to 3 and 4 year old children of working parents subject to certain eligibility criteria.
Funded children are charged at a rate of £3.90 per hour (as designated by South Gloucestershire Council). In addition to this we charge a supplementary charge which covers all additional extras provided at Pumpkins over and above the provision of high quality, flexible childcare specifically:
All meals and snacks
Increased staff ratios and quality of staff
Additional services which serve to increase the quality of provision (eg Millie’s Mark accreditation/cultural diversity training etc)
The 15 or 30 hour funding can be taken over any sessions to cover the full cost of that session. The supplementary charge that parents will then be asked to pay are as follows :
8.00 – 13.00 / 9.15 – 13.00
9.15 – 16.00
8.00 – 17.00 / 8.00 – 18.00
For children attending all year funding may be stretched over the whole year. The maximum number of hours claimed in a year will be 570 hours for (15 hours per week) or 1140 hours (for 30 hours per week). If funding is stretched this will equate to 11.17 hours per week for the universal funding or 22.8 hours per week for the extended funding.
Before the start of the funding period parents will be issued with a statement showing how funding will be applied and a breakdown of costs and asked to sign their acceptance prior to funding being applied.
If hours are taken over the entitlement of free hours charges will be applied in the same way ie £3.90 per hour plus supplementary charge for additional extras.
2 YEAR OLD FUNDING
Certain two year old children whose families receive some kind of support may be eligible for 15 hours per week free childcare for 38 weeks per annum. In such cases the funding rate of £5.05 per hour covers the full cost of fees but not for lunches. In such cases a supplement of £2 per day will be charged to cover meals.
SUPPORT WITH CHILDCARE
Employer Voucher Scheme
We accept vouchers from most Employer Voucher Providers. Please advise us if you intend to use these vouchers.
Voucher payments must be set up so that they are paid in advance of the month they are being used to pay. Many employers pay their staff at the end of the month and thus if the voucher is not received in advance you will become in arrears with your payments and attract a late payment fee.
It is your responsibility to keep track of your voucher payments and ensure that they are being paid as expected.
We allow some flexibility for payment of termly invoices with vouchers, as the term period will often cover two months. As long as the second voucher has been received by a week before the start of the next term a late payment fee will not apply.
Tax Free Childcare Scheme
To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each earning at least £115 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year.
For every 80p you or someone else pays in, the government will top up an extra 20p.
The government will top up the account with 20% of childcare costs up to a total of £10,000 - the equivalent of up to £2,000 support per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).
The scheme is available for children up to the age of 12 so can be used for before and after school care as well as nursery care.
Any eligible working family can use the Tax-Free Childcare scheme - it doesn’t rely on employers offering it.
- FUNDED HOURS – available for all children the term after their THIRD birthday.
Please note Term dates start on 1 September / 1 January / 1 April for funding purposes
- 15 hour universal funding for all 3 and 4year olds - “universal offer”
- 30 hour funding for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds – “additional offer”
For more details on eligibility go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
To locate the correct provider you will need to use our Ofsted Registration Code :
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