The government have launched a website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk which explains and compares all the childcare offers and funding that are available and enables parents to check what works best for their family. Options looked at on their website are:
Eligibility for the 15 hours free entitlement begins in the term (September, January or April) following a child's third birthday. For example, a child turning 3 on 12th December will be eligible for their free entitlement in the following January.
30 hours of free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds This extended offer of an additional 15 hours of free childcare is only available to working parents that meet the eligibility criteria. Briefly, each parent (or sole parent in a lone parent families) must earn on average a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the National Living Wage and less than £100k per year. Please look on the childcare choices website for the full details of the eligibility criteria and to apply for this funding. Through our Pre-School you can access up to 18 hours (6 sessions). The full 30 hours of funding can be shared between 2 childcare settings.
Changes to a child’s funded hours can only be made at the beginning of terms 1, 3 and 5. Free entitlement can be used at up to a maximum of 2 childcare providers, ensuring that in total a maximum of 15 hours per week is claimed. Free entitlement will automatically be claimed on behalf of each eligible child for the sessions they attend at Penenden Heath Pre-School providing the necessary documents are completed and returned to Pre-School by parent/carers.
Tax free childcare For children aged 0-11 years old (or 16 if disabled) – similar eligibility criteria applies as for the 30 hours of funding above and this funding must be applied for, go to the childcare choices website.
Tax credits for childcare
Universal credit for childcare
Childcare vouchers This scheme is now closed to new entrants. We accept childcare vouchers in payment for fees, we are currently registered with the following Companies:
care-4, account no 96846262
Computershare, account no 8247913
Edenred, account no P20556201
Fideliti, account no PEN027C
Sodexo, account no 812615
Please contact our Administrator if your Company uses a childcare voucher system that is not listed here. From 4th October 2018 the childcare voucher scheme is no longer accepting new applicants. Instead parents can sign up to the tax-free childcare scheme.
Early Years Pupil Premium
This funding is used to support the children’s development, learning and care whilst at Pre-School. It is for 3 and 4 year olds with similar eligibility criteria as for FF2. To check the eligibility criteria and to read more about this funding go to the information tab followed by the download tab to view the document ‘Parent Guide to the Early Years Pupil Premium’. EYPP funding is paid directly to the setting – there is no monetary value for parents – we would then use the funding to improve the early years education that we provide for your child. To claim the funding an online form can be completed at www.kent.gov.uk/pupilpremium or please contact our Administrator for help with claiming your funding.