-Funding for 2 year olds

Some 2 year olds are entitled to free early education and childcare.

You can qualify if one parent or carer is receiving one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Universal Credit
  • Tax Credits
  • Income of under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of statement pension credit
  • Working tax credit 4-week run

Or you can qualify if any of the following apply

  • Looked after by local authority
  • Current statement of special educational need (SEN) or an education health care (EHC)
  • Disability living allowance
  • Left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

To check eligibility for the entitlement to Early Years Education Funding for 2 year olds. Parents will need their National Insurance Number, date of birth, name and child’s details. Eligibility can be checked online https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs or alternatively you can call 03451551031.

-Funded places for 3-4 year olds- including 30hrs

The government provides all 3 and 4 year olds 15 hours of free nursery education. Children qualify for free early education the term after their third birthday. For more information regarding this and how to apply, please speak to a member of the Chy Lowen team.

You may also be entitled to an additional 15 hours of free early education, which is a new government entitlement to help support working families.

You can apply for the additional 15 hours if the following applies:

  • If you and your partner are both in employment and earning on average an equivalent to 16hrs of the national minimum wage and no more than £100,000 per household a year.

-Tax Free Childcare

Tax free childcare is a government initiative to help support families with the cost of childcare. You could be entitled to up to £2000 government support per child in your household a year.

You can apply for tax free childcare if the following applies:

  • If you and your partner are both in employment and earning on average an equivalent to 16hrs of the national minimum wage and no more than £100,000 per household a year.
  • Your child is less than 12 years old
  • The child you are applying for usually lives with you
  • You work in the UK

If you qualify for tax free childcare and chose to pay through this scheme, you will need to open online childcare account. For every £8 you pay in, the government will pay in £2, you can then use this to pay towards your childcare fees.

-Childcare vouchers

Many companies offer employees the opportunity to have part of their salary paid in the form of childcare vouchers. This is a tax free and is exempt from national insurance, so can provide parents significant savings on their childcare fees.

For further information, speak to your employer to see if this is a service that they provide.

-Tax Credits

Nine out of ten families are entitled to tax credits. For more information regarding entitlement please visit www.taxcredits.inlandrevenue.gov.uk or call 0845 300 3900. If you do qualify through qualify for extra help towards the costs of childcare, the total amount of help you receive will depend upon your income.