FREE EDUCATIONAL FUNDING FOR
2 YEAR OLDS & ALL 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS
Our nurseries accept children who access FREE Local Educational Funding.
FROM SEPTEMBER 2017. THE GOVERNMENT ARE DOUBLING THE FREE ENTITLEMENT FOR ALL 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS FROM 15 TO 30 HRS PER WEEK IF PARENTS MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA.
To qualify for the full 30 hours of free childcare, each parent (or the sole parent in a single parent family) will need to earn, on average, the equivalent of 16 hours on the national minimum wage per week (currently £107 per week), and no more than £100,000 per year.
MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY. BUT IF YOU THINK YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE PLEASE RESERVE YOUR CHILDCARE PLACE NOW.
FREE FUNDING FOR 2 YEAR OLDS
Is your 2 year old entitled to free childcare?
As a family, you must be claiming one or more of the following benefits to be eligible for free school meals and the 2 year old funding.
- Income support
- Income based jobseekers allowance
- Income related employment and support allowance
- Support under the VI of immigration and asylum act 1999
- The guarantee element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit providing you have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit providing you have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Or if your child:
- is looked after by the Local Authority
- is accessing the Early Years Support Pathway
- has left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order
- is in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance
- has a current statement of special education needs or an education Health and Care Plan.
If your 2 year old is eligible they can access 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year. The childcare can be taken over a minimum of two days and no session can be longer than ten hours a day or shorter than two and a half hours a day. No sessions to be before 7am or after 7pm, funding can be split between a maximum of two providers and a child is eligible to start the term after their second birthday until the term after their third birthday.
Please note you are applying for funding that is for residents within North East Lincolnshire only.
You can find out if your eligible for funding in North East Lincolnshire by applying through the form available in the related content section of this page (see right) or by contacting the Family Information Service on the free phone helpline: 0800 18 303 17 or by using the e-mail service [email protected].
You will receive a letter stating whether your child is eligible for funding which will include details of local childcare providers. If successful, take your letter confirming funding to your chosen childcare provider to check their availability of places. You will also receive a letter if you are unsuccessful but if your personal details change in the future you can re-apply.
If you need any support in choosing the type of childcare please contact the Family Information or contact your local Children's Centre.
The term after your child's third birthday they are entitled to 15 hours of free early years provision per week during term time.
You can choose for your child to receive their early years provision from a registered provider which can be either:
- Group based childcare
- Independent school
- Children's Centre where day care is available
- Accredited home-based childcare such as an accredited child-minder
- Nursery unit/class in school/school nursery
You may claim your child's early years provision from a maximum of two providers. Not every provider in North East Lincolnshire is registered to offer the flexible free entitlement. To be eligible, providers of childcare must register with North East Lincolnshire Council's Early Years and Childcare service and be registered with Ofsted.
If you would like to discuss the flexible free entitlement in more detail, please contact the Family Information Service.