Early Years Government Education Grant
The Education Grant Funding is currently for children who are 2 years and in receipt of certain benefits/ low income and all 3/4 year olds the term after their birthdays. The Education Grant entitlement is changing in 2024. the changes are: -
from April 2024, all working parents of 2-year-olds can access 15 hours per week
from September 2024, all working parents of children aged 9 months up to 3-years-old can access 15 hours per week
from September 2025, all working parents of children aged 9 months up to 3-years-old can access 30 hours free childcare per week
Current Education Grant Funding at St Mary's Pre-School
Sessions are 3 hours. 09:00-12:00 or 12:00-15:00, you can choose your sessions from half days, full days to a mixture of different sessions subject to availability.
You can place your child's name on the waiting list at any point and places are offered out in date of birth order.
Please contact us for prices and availability.
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours free educational child care grant after their third birthday, some families are entitled to 30 hours and some are entitled to a 2 year old free educational child care and some children are entitled to extra funding under Early years pupil premium umbrella. In addition to this in September 2017 some families will be entitled to 30 hours free educational child care Grant. Please see below for the criteria for these additional funding options.
EARLY YEARS EDUCATION GRANT FOR 2/3/4 YEAR OLDS
All ¾ year olds are entitled to 15 hours free early years education the term after their third birthday.
The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday. If your child is entitled to the two year old grant, they will be entitled to 15 hours free early years education the term after their second birthday.
Child’s birthday When you can claim
1 January to 31 March The beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August The beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December The beginning of term on or after 1 January
Each term you will be required to sign a declaration form which we will provide for you to sign. You do not have to do anything else to receive the 3/4 year old entitlement. To be entitled to the two year old grant you must be entitled to a strict criteria (as below).
2 YEAR EDUCATION GRANT
ARE YOU ENTITLED TO 2 YEAR OLD GRANT ?
If your child is eligible for the 2 year grant, you will then be entitled to 15 hours free education grant.
Eligibility for 2-year-olds
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following:
income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
they’re looked after by a local council
they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
they get Disability Living Allowance
they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order
How to apply
YOU MUST PROVIDE US WITH YOUR UNIQUE CODE, DOB AND NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER FOR US TO CLAIM YOUR ENTITLEMENT.
For more information visit : http://www.southglos.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/care-and-support-children-families/childcare-and-parenting/childcare/financial-support-for-childcare/free-childcare-for-2-year-olds
EARLY YEARS PUPIL PREMIUM (EYPP)
IS YOUR CHILD ENTITLED TO EARLY YEARS 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.
All early years providers who deliver government funded early education will be able to claim the early years pupil premium for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
· Income Support
· Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
· Universal Credit
· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
· Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
· Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
There are special circumstances that are eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium, in addition to the economic criteria, if your child meets any of the following:
· your child is looked after by the local authority
· your child has left care through a special guardianship or adoption or residence order
If you are eligible under special circumstances, you must contact the Early Years department on 01454 863355 to obtain an application form.
How to apply
You will need to provide us with your unique code, DOB and National Insurance number for us to claim this entitlement.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/early-years-pupil-premium-guide-for-local-authorities
30 HOURS FREE CHILD CARE ENTITLEMENT
ARE YOU ENTITLED TO 30 HOURS FREE CHILD CARE ?
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. A family with an annual household income of £199,998 would be eligible if each parent earns just under £100,000. Self-employed parents and parents on zero-hours contracts will be eligible if they meet the average earnings threshold.
Families where one parent is not in paid employment (or neither parent works) will usually not be eligible for these additional hours. Parents who are studying or in training will not be eligible unless this is combined with paid work which meets the minimum average earnings threshold.
How to apply
Parents can check whether they could be eligible for a range of government childcare offers, including 30 hours, via Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or the Childcare Calculator at: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator. Those who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare (see page 18) will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply.
As part of the application process, parents will be asked to enter personal details including their name, address and National Insurance number and the same details for their partner (if they have one). They will also be asked whether they expect to meet the income requirements over the coming three months and whether they are in receipt of any relevant benefits. This information will help HMRC decide whether the parent (and their child) are eligible for 30 hours. At the start of the application process, parents will create a Government Gateway account if they don’t already have one. If parents encounter any problems with the application process or accessing the childcare account, they should direct their queries to the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097. At the end of the application process, parents will have a childcare service account. In the “secure messages” section of their account, parents will receive messages regarding their eligibility. If parents are eligible for 30 hours, they will be given an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ for their child.
YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE THIS CODE ALONG WITH YOUR NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER TO US FOR US TO CLAIM YOUR 30 HOUR PLACE. These codes normally start with ‘5000’. However, there are a small number of cases where parents might have a temporary code starting with ‘11’.
FOR MORE INFORMIATON VISIT https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/610170/Operational_guidance.pdf