Childcare can be expensive for parents but there are lots of options to help reduce the cost of childcare and in some circumstances free childcare.  


Research shows children who go to nurseries, pre-schools and childminders make good progress with their language, physical and social development. When the time comes for school they settle in quickly and do well in their new class. 


Here in our setting we are able to offer funded spaces to children and work together with parents to provide quality childcare at affordable prices. 


The information below shows a brief description of some of the options available to parents. There are blue buttons below the information (when clicked) will open up a new webpage taking you to the relevant website to find out more detailed information. 


We are also always here to offer help and advise also, you can contact us via Facebook, email, calling or filling out the "contact us form on the bottom of the home page screen.


Tax free childcare 


Parents will be able to open a new childcare account. For every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can get up to £2000 government support per child per year towards their childcare costs - that's up to £500 every 3 months. If they have a disabled child, they can receive up to £4000 per child – a total of £1000 every 3 months. They can then use this money to pay their childcare provider.


Click the button below to find out more and to see if you could be eligible for tax free childcare. 


Tax credits childcare element 


Working tax credits can help with a percentage towards your childcare costs


By clicking the button below you can find out if you could be eligible with help towards your childcare costs









 

15 hours per wek (term time) FREE nursery education 


All children are eligible for 15 hours free nursery education (in term time) starting from the term after their third birthday.


The terms are January, April and September. For example if your child turns 3 in December they could access their 15 hours free education from January. Parents also have the option (where available)of splitting their hours over the year by using 11 hours per week all year round rather than 15 hours term time only. 


Your can click the button below to find out more about this 




2 year old free play and learn sessions 


Play and learn sessions are free sessions for eligible 2 year olds. Children who are eligible will be give access to 15 hours free childcare and education per week, in their chosen childcare session in term time. (11 hours per week can also be used all year round if parents prefer)



How to apply for the Play and learn sessions 


You can contact me to go through the form with you and I will then send it off 


or


By clicking the button below it will bring up the application form in a new web page which you can print out and complete then post it to:


Childcare Places Team

County Hall

Durham 

DH1 5UJ


or 


you can also either get the form from me or the local children's centre and once its filled in you can drop it off at your local Children’s Centre and they will send it for you. 


The 2 year old funding, at present, is available to house holds that come into the criteria below. 


1. From households where a parent is in receipt of any of the following benefits:

• Income Support;
• Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance;
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
• the Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit;
• or Child Tax Credit, provided they have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC),
• or are in receipt of Working Tax Credits (including those in receipt during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work fewer than 16 hours per week) with a household income of less than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC;


2. Looked after by their local authority; 


3. With a current statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care plan; 


4. Who have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order; 


5. In receipt of the Disability Living Allowance.





30 hours per week free childcare (term time) 22 hours per week  (all year round)


If parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare. per week in term time (22 hours a week if used all year round)  An extra 570 hours of free childcare a year, so 1140 hours in total. 


The eligibility criteria are the same as the ones for Tax-Free Childcare, except you can continue to get these types of support at the same time as 30 hours free childcare:
  • tax credits
  • Universal Credit
  • childcare vouchers or salary sacrifice schemes
  • childcare grants and bursaries

When you apply, you'll be confirming that you need childcare so that you and your partner, if you have one, can work. If your child's already in a full-time reception class in a state funded school, you won't be eligible for 30 hours free childcare.