30 Hours Funding for Nursery Aged Children
30 Hours Funding from September 2017
From September 2017, we will be extending our provision for 3 and 4 year olds in Nursery to a possible 30 hours.
30 hours free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds will be available from September 2017 and you will be able to apply from July 2017. This can be used alongside tax-free childcare or childcare vouchers.
The 30 hours extended entitlement is double the 15 hours currently available for all three and four year olds. Eligible parents could use it as 30 hours during term time or spread the hours over the full year (1140 hours in total).
The government is funding the extension of the free childcare to support parents who currently work, wish to return to work, or to increase their working hours, by making childcare more affordable.
To be able to access the extra hours both parents need to be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and;
- Each parent earns on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
- Earns less than £100,000 per year (when one parent in a household has an income of £100,000 or more, that family will not be eligible to take up the extra free hours).
‘Working’ means both employed and self-employed persons may be eligible.
You do not need to actually work 16 hours a week, but your earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. This will be at the new rate of National Minimum Wage from April 2017 which will be:
- For ages 25 and over £7.50 per hour, or £120 a week
- For ages 21-14 £7.05 per hour or £112.80 a week
Families may also be eligible where one parent gets benefits relating to caring responsibilities or a disability and the other parent is working.
The current entitlement of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks (570 hours) of free early education for all three and four years olds will still be available even if you aren’t eligible for the additional entitlement.
At Kirklevington Primary School, we will be offering the following provision for our Nursery children:
Breakfast Club – 7:45-8.55am (cost would remain as now £4)
Nursery morning session – 8.55-12am
Lunch Club – 12-1pm (will need to provide a packed lunch or pay £2.05 for a school lunch)
Afternoon session – 1-3:00pm
We do access After School provision, such as Clever Clogs and Puddleducks. Please ask at the school office for details.
This will allow children to access up to 30 hours across the week. This can be paid for through the 30 hours of free childcare funding, using childcare vouchers, the new tax-free childcare or payment by parents at a cost of £5 an hour. (Remember if using tax-free childcare or childcare vouchers these will not cost you the full £5 as they are tax-free.)
Children will access the 15 hours Nursery morning sessions as normal, but can then access any of the other hours on a needs basis.
If further details are required, please do not hesitate to contact Dawn in the school office.