There are various ways you may be able to get help with the cost of placing your child with First Friends. Read on for various schemes and do not hesitate to contact the manager of your local First Friends nursery if you require any clarification, or assistance with applying for funding.
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At First Friends we are proud to offer childcare for 2-year-olds, and you may be entitled to funding. You will qualify if one parent or carer is receiving one of the following:
Or a 2-year-old can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
You will need your National Insurance number, date of birth, name and child’s details.
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All 3-and 4-year-old children are entitled to free childcare here at First Friends.
All families with a 3-and 4-year-old child are eligible for the universal funding offer of up to 15 hours a week term time or 11 hours a week taken throughout the year. A child becomes eligible for the funding the term after their 3rd birthday.
15 Extended Hours (total 30 hours of funding)
A further 15 hours is offered to working families for 3-and 4-year-olds. You will need to check if you are eligible, but parents can usually get 30 hours childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are in work and each are earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week and earn less than £100,000 per annum.
Parents can pay fees through a Tax-Free Childcare account if they are eligible.
For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year, which is up to £500 every three months.
Tax credits are available from HM Revenue and Customs, based on your household’s circumstances. You may be able to access help with the cost of childcare if you’re working for a minimum of 16 hours / week.
For further information and eligibility, check online at: www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredit
We’re happy to accept childcare vouchers from employers who offer this benefit to their employees. Vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from NI contributions for employees, whilst offering NI savings for employers. Both parents are eligible to claim as long as they’re both in employment .
If you already have a child at our nursery or if you’re registering a place for more than one child, we offer a 5% discount off your oldest child’s nursery fees when their younger sibling starts
Once you've found out if you are eligible, you need to apply on the Government's childcare choices website:
You will then receive an 11-digit code, which you will need to present to First Friends.
We will then confirm to you whether the code is valid using an online portal provided by the local authority.
The additional hours will be agreed between us and the date that the child can start accessing these hours.