Affordable Childcare

We appreciate that childcare can put a strain on Mums’ and Dads’ bank balances which is why we try and help you as much as we can. From our caring qualified staff through to the best stimulating resources we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality childcare and are happy to advise you on Government and Employer initiatives available to make Marlborough Day Nursery an affordable option for all parents and carers.

 

Check what help you could get with childcare costs by visiting www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

Free Childcare and Education for 3 to 4 Year Olds

  • All 3 to 4 year olds can get 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks per year of free early education irrespective of their background or family circumstances. We offer these hours in morning and afternoon sessions each lasting 5 hours.

  • Our afternoon sessions are fully funded, therefore if your child only does these funded sessions there is nothing else to pay, not even our standard deposit fee. Our morning sessions incur a small meal supplement, and a deposit fee is therefore payable.

  • Unlike many other nurseries we offer fully flexible funding. This means that you can if you choose, only send your child for the funded sessions of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year without having to book any additional sessions. However we are more than happy for you to send your child all year round.

  • We will even claim the funding on your child’s behalf, so you do not need to worry about it.

  • Children are eligible from the first term after the date they turn three years old until the last term before they attend school.

    • Children born between 1 January — 31 March become eligible in Summer Term (May — August).

    • Children born between 1 April — 31 August become eligible in Autumn Term (September — December).

    • Children born between 1 September — 31 December become eligible in Spring Term (January — April).

Extended Entitlement for 3 to 4 Year Olds

  • From April 2017, some 3 to 4 year olds may be able to get 30 hours per week, for 38 weeks per year of free early education.

  • Parents of 3 and 4 year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:

    • They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.

    • This equates to £120 a week (or approximately £6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or approximately £5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.

    • This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.

    • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.

    • Alternatively one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.

    • Alternatively one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.

    • Alternatively a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.

    • If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.

    • Neither parent has an income of more than £100,000

Free Childcare and Education for 2 Year Olds

  • Some 2 year olds may be able to get 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks per year of free early education.

  • Parents of 2 year olds will need to get one of the following in order to be eligible:

  • A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • To find out if your child is eligible for 2 year funding, contact the Leicestershire Family Information Service on 0116 305 6208 or contact the Nursery and we will be happy to help you.​

Universal Credit

  • If you, and any partner, are working, or you’re due to start work, and you’re claiming Universal Credit, you can claim back up to 85% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 16. You could get up to £646 a month for one child, or £1,108 for two or more. For further information click here www.gov.uk/universal-credit

  • Universal Credit is being phased in over the next few years. It will replace a number of existing benefits, including tax credits. If you are already receiving tax credits then you don't need to do anything now. You can't claim Universal Credit, Tax Credits or Tax-Free Childcare at the same time.

Tax Credits

  • You may be able to claim:

    • Working Tax Credit - If you are entitled to Working Tax Credit, and you and any partner are working at least 16 hours a week each, you can claim back up to 70% of your eligible childcare. Depending on your income, you could get up to £122.50 a week for one child or £210 for two or more. For further information click here www.gov.uk/working-tax-credit

    • Child Tax Credit – You may also be eligible for Child Tax Credits, even if you are not working. For further information click here www.gov.uk/child-tax-credit

    • Universal Credit is being phased in over the next few years. It will replace a number of existing benefits, including tax credits. If you are already receiving tax credits, you don't need to do anything now. You can’t claim Universal Credit, Tax Credits, or Tax-Free Childcare at the same time.

Tax-Free Childcare

  • If you're a working parent, you can open an online account to pay for registered childcare. The government will top-up the money you pay into the account. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2. You can receive up to £2,000 per child, or £4,000 if disabled.

  • You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible. 

  • If either you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more, you can’t get Tax-Free Childcare. You can’t use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as childcare vouchers, Universal Credit or Tax Credits. You can use it with the 15 hours and 30 hours schemes.

Childcare Vouchers

  • Childcare vouchers are a great way for working parents to get help with the costs of childcare for children up to the age of 16. The major benefit of using vouchers is that each parent can receive up to £55 a week (£243 a month) from their employer which is free from tax and National insurance contributions. This could result in up to £933 a year in tax and National Insurance savings.

  • The amount you can get in childcare vouchers depends on how much you earn and when you joined the scheme. You pay for your childcare before tax and National Insurance deductions are made.

  • Childcare vouchers are an employer-supported benefit. This means that your employer must either run a scheme, or be prepared to consider one, in order for you to benefit.

  • In order to receive childcare vouchers, you would need to enter into a ‘salary sacrifice’ agreement with your employer. This effectively means that you agree to sacrifice up to £55 per week from your salary, in return for this amount in a voucher of the same value. You would then give this to us as part payment, and we will in turn redeem this with the voucher provider.​

  • You can’t use childcare vouchers at the same time as Tax-Free Childcare. Over time, Tax-Free Childcare will replace childcare vouchers and childcare arranged directly by your employer.

  • Childcare vouchers will remain open to new joiners until April 2018. Parents already using childcare vouchers can continue to do so after this date, as long as the employer continues to offer them.

Help While You Study

  • If you're under 20 at the start of a publicly-funded course, such as a school or sixth form, you can get weekly payments through Care to Learn. For further information click here www.gov.uk/care-to-learn

  • If you're 20 or over and in further education, for example, if you're studying for an NVQ, BTEC or PGCE, you can apply for Discretionary Learner Support. For further information click here www.gov.uk/discretionary-learner-support

  • If you're in full-time higher education, you can apply for a Childcare Grant. For further information click here www.gov.uk/childcare-grant

Further Assistance

  • We hope that you have found the above information useful. If you need any further information on how you can claim your free childcare please speak to us. We will be happy to offer you advice. 

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