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All about childcare funding

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If your child is two, three or four, you could get 15 or 30 hours of free childcare each week at Seymour Kindergarten for 38 weeks of the year. Should you wish to claim less than 15 hours of free childcare per week, the total can be spread over a longer period.

 

3 and 4 year olds

 

Prior to September 2017, we were able to offer children aged three and four 15 hours a week (570 hours a year) “free” childcare, funded through the Nursery Education Grant (subject to available places). From September 2017, we are able to offer 30 hours a week (1140 hours a year) free childcare to householders where both parents work. To see the full criteria of those parents/carers who are eligible, please see the government website 30 hours free childcare.

 

Parents need to apply for the 30 hours free entitlement on the government’s Childcare Choices website. If you are eligible, you will be given an 11 digit eligibility code which you need to give to us together with your National Insurance (NI) number and child’s date of birth. We will need to check the eligibility code with the local authority before they can confirm the extended hours.

 

HMRC will remind all parents, every three months, to reconfirm the details you entered on the application are still correct to check that you are still eligible for the 30 hours childcare.

If the family’s circumstances change and you are no longer eligible for the 30 hours free childcare or you have not reconfirmed your eligibility, you will still be entitled to the universal 15 hours of free entitlement. If you wish to have more than 15 hours in these circumstances, then our usual fees will apply.

 

To qualify the child must:

 

  • be three or four years old

 

  • already go, or plan to go, to an eligible childcare provider in the area covered by Manchester Council.

 

The 15 hours of free childcare is claimed during term time. The date you can start claiming depends on the date of their 3rd birthday:

 

  • If their birthday is between 1 January and 31 March, claim at the beginning of the term which starts on or after 1 April

 

  • If their birthday is between 1 April and 31 August, claim at the beginning of the term which starts on or after 1 September

 

If their birthday is between 1 September and 31 December, claim at the beginning of the term which starts on or after 1 January

 

 

2-year olds

 

In some instances, we may be able to offer 15 hours’ a week “free” childcare if your child is aged two. It is dependent upon family income and whether the family is in receipt of any relevant benefits.

 

There have been a variety of changes to support for childcare, with others implemented during the year. We recommend that parents/carers read the easy to understand Government advice at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. Where parents are unable to access the website, please ask the manager who will arrange for a copy to be printed out for you.

To qualify for free childcare, your child must:

 

  • be two years of age

 

  • currently go to, or plan to go to an eligible childcare provider in an area covered by Manchester City Council (you do not need to live in the area covered by Manchester City Council)

 

You must also receive the following to qualify:

 

  • The Working Tax Credit - as long as you don't earn more than £16,190 a year gross (including your partner's income)

 

  • The Working Tax Credit four-week run-on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

 

  • Child Tax Credit - as long as you don't earn more than £16,190 a year gross (including your partner's income) 

 

  • Income Support

 

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

 

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

 

  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

 

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

 

  • Universal Credit

 

  • A current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan; or

 

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for your child. 

 

 

However, you do not need to receive one of the benefits if the child is:

 

  • looked after by the council

 

  • has left care through special guardianship

 

  • an adoption order or a residence order

 

  • is a registered asylum seeker.

 

 

The 15 hours of free childcare is claimed during term time, and the date you can claim depends on the date of their 2nd birthday:

 

 

  • If their birthday is between 1 January and 31 March, claim at the beginning of the term which starts on or after 1 April

 

  • If their birthday is between 1 April and 31 August, claim at the beginning of the term which starts on or after 1 September

 

  • If their birthday is between 1 September and 31 December, claim at the beginning of the term which starts on or after 1 January

 

Help You Can Get

Tax-Free Childcare

For working families, including the self employed, with children under 12 (or 17 if disabled) who open an online account to pay for registered childcare, the Government will add £2 to every £8 parents/carers pay into the account.

 

This scheme is not compatible with other childcare schemes (ie childcare vouchers).

 

Child Tax Credit

Child Tax Credit is a means-tested allowance for parents and carers of children or young people who are still in full-time education.

 

Working Tax Credit

If you’re working more than 16 hours a week and you’re on a low income, you may be able to get Working Tax Credit too.

 

Financial Help for Young Parents

If you are under 20, the Care to Learn scheme can pay up to £160 per child per week (£175 in London) for your childcare and associated travel costs while you’re in education.

Financial Help for Adult Learners

If you’re aged 20 or over you may be able to get help with childcare costs while you’re at college or sixth form.

 

Training and Learning for Work scheme

If you are 20 or over and have one or more children, the Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work scheme could help with the cost of childcare while you learn or train.