Free Childcare Entitlement
All parents of 3 and 4 year old children are able to claim free childcare entitlement for their children.
Parents of 2 year old children may also be able to claim free childcare depending on their situation and the needs of their child.
Universal 15 hours Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds
All 3-4 year olds are eligible for 570 hours a year of funded childcare known as the free entitlement. Funding is spread across three funding blocks a year, up to a maximum of 15 hours a week if the hours are taken during school term times (over 38 weeks). Children are eligible from the first full funding block following their 3rd birthday.
The funding blocks run from:
1st September to 31st December
1st January to 31st March
1st April to 31st August
For example: A child born on the 3rd February would be eligible from the 1st April following their 3rd birthday.
You may choose for your child to take all or part of their free entitlement at a maximum of two childcare providers.
To access this funding you must complete a parental contract at the start of each term, and provide evidence of your address and proof of your child’s identity. Funding will then be claimed by Tansor Playgroup for your child.
Any attendance at Tansor Playgroup over the free entitlement hours, including early drop-offs and late pick-ups, will be charged at the current session rates.
Extended 30 hours Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds
The free childcare offer is increased from 15 hours to 30 hours a week for families where both parents are working (or in the case of sole parents where that sole parent is working). The purpose of the increased childcare offer is to support working parents with childcare costs.
The funding is available to children in the first full funding block following their third birthday.
There is a simple online eligibility checker that you can complete to see if you are eligible.
Please follow the online instructions here.
Parents have to reconfirm their eligibility on a three-monthly basis. If their circumstances alter and they are no longer eligible then there will be a grace period before the child’s funding ends in order to help the child, family and provider to manage the change.
More information can also be found here https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/get-help-paying-childcare.
Any attendance at Tansor Playgroup over the extended free childcare hours, including early drop-offs and late pick-ups, will be charged at the current session rates.
Free childcare for 2 year olds
If you are the parent/carer of a 2 year old and in receipt of certain benefits, your child could be eligible for free childcare and education. To find out if you qualify for this funding, please use the simple online eligibility checker here https://www.northnorthants.gov.uk/get-help-paying-childcare/free-early-education-and-childcare-2-year-olds
You will be given a reference number that you need to provide to us in order to claim funding.
Any attendance at Tansor over the free childcare & education funding, including early drop-offs and late pick-ups, will be charged at the current session rates.