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Funding

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Free childcare for three-and four-year olds

All three and four-year-old children can get 15 hours per week of free childcare and early years education, for 38 weeks per year. This is a total of 570 hours of free early education each year.

Your child can start free childcare in the term following your child’s third birthday, for a maximum of six terms before your child’s fifth birthday. This offer is fully inclusive of all children.

A child born on or between:

Will be eligible for a free place from:

1 April and 31 August

1 September following their third birthday

1 September and 31 December

1 January following their third birthday

1 January and 31 March

1 April following their third birthday

All eligible children can benefit from:

  • Up to 15 hours free childcare weekly over 38 weeks (term time only) or
  • Up to 11 hours free childcare weekly spread across every week throughout the year

The funded early education and childcare must be with an approved childcare provider. It stops once your child starts reception class in a state school. 

30 Hours Free Childcare for Working Families

Working parents with a three or four-year-old child may be entitled to an additional 570 hours of childcare per year, meaning their three or four-year old will be able to receive up to 1,140 hours free childcare and early education.

You may have heard of this as “30 hours free childcare”. Three and four-year-olds in eligible working families will get an additional 15 hours free childcare, equalling 30 hours free per week over 38 weeks of the year (term-time) or approximately 22 hours per week each week of the year.

Parents can apply through the following link: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

 Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds.

Pupil premium is used to purchase equipment and for staff training to support children in extending their learning.

 Free Childcare for TWOS

Free childcare and early learning for two-year-olds is benefitting more children and families than ever before!

Eligible children can benefit from:

  • Up to 15 hours free childcare weekly over 38 weeks (term time only) or
  • Up to 11 hours free childcare weekly spread across every week throughout the year

Click the following link to check your eligibility : www.peterborough.gov.uk/FreeforTwos

Eligibility for 2-year-olds

Your 2-year-old can get funded early education and childcare if you get one of the following:

  • income support
  • income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • income related Employment Support Allowance
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • child tax credit – provided annual income assessed by HMRCdoes not exceed £16,190
  • working tax credit – provided annual income assessment by HMRCdoes not exceed £16,190
  • working tax credit “run-on” – the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for working tax credit.
  • Universal Credit – if you (and your partner, if applicable) are on a low income from work this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax. 

A child can also get funded early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • they are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (please provide a recent copy of the letter showing the benefit to support the application).
  • they have left care through special guardianship, adoption, or child arrangement order. 
  • they are a child of Zambrano carers.
  • the family has no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private/family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • they are a subset of failed asylum seekers (supported under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999).
  • Children who have a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • Children looked after by the local authority.

Reviews

Debbie Aldridge (Nursery Manager) Since joining Little Stars Day Nursery in August 2004 as Deputy Manager and then being promoted to Nursery Manager in November 2006, I am proud to say I have been a part of the ever growing Stars Day Nurseries. Our expansion started with the opening of Bright Stars in 2007, Shining Stars in 2011 and Shooting Stars in 2012.I have really enjoyed watching the children grow and develop into the children they are today. Over the years we have built up a strong and dedicated team and I am so proud to be part of that. – The Management Team parent
Very happy with my child’s experience at Little Stars Nursery. Lovely caring staff and nice setting. I am very happy with my son’s development, I would like to thanks to all ladies for take care of my son for this all year – parent

Contact Us

Contact Details

Head Office

Stars Day Nurseries Ltd 172 Park Road Peterborough PE1 2UF

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