The childcare offer works with the Early Education funding to give children aged 3 up to 30 hours funded childcare.
The childcare offer funding starts the term after your child turns 3. For example if your child turns 3 between September and December, they would receive their funding in January when the new school term starts.
How many hours funding depends on where your child will be accessing their Early Years Education Funding (if you are unsure of what Early Years Education funding is- please click the link here)
To be eligible for the childcare offer you need to be :
- your child is 3 or 4 years old
- both parents work if you are a two parent family
- you work at least 16 hours at the national minimum or living wage
- you earn a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at the national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) (around £111 and £115 a week at the current 21-24 NMW and NLW rate respectively) but less than £100k per year
Before applying, please check that we can offer you the hours you would like. Once the hours are confirmed, you can then inform the childcare offer team.
If your child will be receiving their education funding with ourselves, you could be eligible for 20 hours of funding with a possible additional 10 hours of funding from the Early years education funding depending on how many days your child attends.
Knowing what your child is entitled to can be confusing. Here is a little break down of how the funding could work. Alternatively you can give us a call on 01633 680047 and we can help go through the process with you.
If your child attends a Non-maintained setting / Early Years Education provider
If your child attends a private Foundation Phase Nursery such as a Castleton Pre-School and Nursery. You could be eligible for up to 30 Hours funded care starting from the term after they are 3.
This works by splitting the 30 hours into:
- 10 hours education funding (certain criteria to be met.) 2 hours allocated per day.
- Then 20 hours childcare offer.
To be eligible for the Education offer you need to:
- Be living in a Newport local authority area
- Have a minimum of 3 half day sessions per week. (can have a maximum of 5)
The education allows children to have 2 hours per day during term time. If your child attends 5 sessions a week, this will total the maximum 10 hours education funding per week.
If you are not eligible for the education offer, you can still be eligible for the childcare offer. The amount of hours you are eligible for will depend on which Local authority you live in.
If your child attends a Primary school Nursery and is doing their wrap around care with us:
If your child attends a school nursery their education funding will go to the school. You then could be eligible for 17.5 funded care through the Childcare offer.