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Our Funding Options

We make funding easy at Stars Day Nurseries. We’re here to help and advise you on your options, providing support right the way through the process to ensure you obtain the funding you need for your child. Our leadership team are always on hand to help support you through the process of applying.

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and each of our settings offers sessions at convenient times to help make the lives of working families that bit easier.

Childcare Funding We Offer

Funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds 

  • Families receiving some additional forms of Government support receive 15 hours funded childcare.
  • Eligible working families will receive 15 hours of funded childcare.
  • 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.

See below when to apply for funded childcare for 3 & 4 year olds: 

When Your Child Turns 3When The Hours Start FromRecommended Time To Apply
1st September to 31st December1st January (Spring Term)18th October to 30th November
1st January to 31st March1st April (Summer Term)15th January to 28th February
1st April to 31st August1st September (Autumn Term)18th June to 31st July

If you’d like to know more about our childcare funding options or have any questions you’d like answered, please don’t hesitate to contact our team or call us on 01733 309877. We can offer friendly advice to help you take advantage of the funding available to you, no matter your circumstances.

Alternatively you can visit the Childcare Choices website directly to apply for 2, 3 & 4 year olds funding. 

Our Other Funded Childcare Options

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 online.

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 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

Check your eligibility online.

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 HMRC does not exceed £16,190
  • Working tax credit – provided annual income assessment by HMRC does 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.
  • 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.

Working Family Funding

We know that covering the cost of childcare isn’t always easy, so we’re pleased to tell you about the different government funding available.
Designed to give working families up to 30 hours of funded childcare a week (1,140 hours per year), it could help you save money all year round.

We’ll help you understand how the different funding options work and put together a package that makes life easier, and more affordable.

From September 2024 eligible working parents will receive 15 hours of funded childcare for children 9 months +, we are currently taking bookings. 

Find Your Closest Nursery Now

We currently operate 13 nurseries across Peterborough and two in the Lincolnshire area. Whether you’re in Dogsthorpe, Parnwell, Welland, Orton Bushfield, Orton Brimbles, Ravensthorpe or elsewhere, we have a local setting that’s perfect for you and your child. Find your nearest one below!

      Parent Enquiries

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        Where We're Located

        Stars Day Nurseries Ltd,
        172 Park Road,
        PE1 2UF

        Opening Hours:
        09:00am – 17:00pm Mon – Fri
        Telephone: 01733 309877
        Email: [email protected]

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