Fees and Funding

Free Entitlement is provided by the Government. It allows some 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds access to free, good quality, flexible early education and care.

Children can use up to 15 hours per week and over 38 weeks.

You will not be charged as the entitlement is for a free place for 15 hours and normal rate will be applied for any additional time or services that you take. All bills are detailed and discussed with you half termly.

Free entitlement for 3 and 4 years old

All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for funding the term after they become 3 years of age. The table below gives details of eligibility criteria.

A number of 3 and 4 year olds will be entitled to 30 hours funding from September. Please contact the nursery head Kerry if you would like to find out more information or see what sessions we have available.

A child born on or between… …will become 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

A Free entitlement leaflet and Application Form form are available. For further help with the Free Entitlement: call the Head of Nursery in the Office on 01403 864 011, or kerry@countrymicenursery.com

Free entitlement for 2 years old

The 2 years old Free Entitlement applies to children qualifying for the Eligibility for 2 years old funding.

Please feel free to apply here and read the Free entitlement leaflet for details. For further help with the Free Entitlement: call the Head of Nursery in the Office on 01403 864 011 or kerry@countrymicenursery.com

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

From April 2015, Nurseries, Schools and all childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support Children’s development, learning and care. This will enable us as a provider to claim the extra funding for eligible children.

The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53p per funded hour for three and four year olds whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits of children that have been in care or adopted. This could mean up to £302.00 for a setting where a child is accessing their full funded hours. This additional money could make a significant difference to your child at the setting.

We will be able to claim the additional funding if one of the following criteria applies:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based jobseekers allowance
  • Income -based Employment and support allowance
  • Support under part IV of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided they are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working tax credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for working tax credit.
  • Universal credit
  • They have been in local authority care for one day or more
  • They have been adopted
  • They have left care under a special guardianship or residence order.

The funding provided by Early years Pupil Premium will be used in a variety of ways, such as additional, home learning packs, additional resources or areas of the setting we can develop such as the outdoor area. staff training,  Any funding allocated will be allocated as we see fit, and the impact on any funding will be reviewed annually – this looking at progression of individual children, seeking parents/carers reviews of anything we have implemented – as well as those of staff. We will want to ensure that the funding is used both appropriately and most importantly to make a difference to those children who require it the most.

It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we want to ensure we make the most of the additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school children for some time and has proven to be a real boost for the children receiving it. We are hoping that this will be the same for the early year’s pupil premium.

 Financial support for childcare cost:

We accept vouchers!

Childcare vouchers are one of the ways in which your employer can assist you -as a working parent- with the costs of childcare, These are usually done online and are easy to set up. Please do let us know if you will be using vouchers so we can give you the relevant information.

Tax – Free Childcare

Governments new online service to help parents paying for childcare. For every £8.00 a parent pays in  to the childcare account the Government will pay in £2.00. Parents are then able to use this money to pay for childcare costs.  For more information please look at https://www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare



Childcare element of Working Tax Credit (WTC)

Working Tax Credit is an in-work tax credit for families, and includes an element to support the costs of your childcare bill with us. 

Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information about tax credits or if you have any questions you can contact the Government’s Working Tax Credit/ChildTax Credit Helpline which is open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm seven days a week. Telephone 0845 300 3900.

Care to Learn (If you’re under 20 years of age)

Care to Learn financially supports teenage parents (including dads), who wish to continue/return to education or training.

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study.

Childcare support for students (If you’re aged 20 or over)

If you’re aged 20 or over and wish to do a course, you could get help with your childcare costs from your college’s Discretionary Support Fund or the government’s Childcare Grant.