The Early Years Education Scheme is the new name for the government scheme that provides funding for pre-school school children. In Cambridgeshire, children are entitled to funding for up to a total of 15 hours from the term after their third birthday. You can split your entitlement between different childcare providers (e.g. pre-school and nursery) but you cannot claim for more than 15 hours in total. Once your child is eligible for funding, you will be asked before the beginning of each term how many hours per week you would like to claim for your child. Please note that the Government and Local Authority are constantly reviewing the scheme and that changes may occur at any time.
Eligibility for funding is based on date of birth and children become eligible in the school term following their third birthday. The dates during which the child must turn three are currently:
Session fees from September 2017 are: for children not eligible for grant - £10.00 per session, for children who are eligible for the grant £14.00 per session for any chargeable session. Lunch club is available @£2.00 per session for 3 years+ (and can be included within the 15 hours claim). Fees will be reviewed in July 2018. Fees continue to be payable if a child is absent without notice or for a short time. If holidays are notified to pre-school and the registrar in writing at the beginning of term, the lunch club fees will be waived for that period. Session fees remain payable.
In cases of prolonged absence, parents/carers should consult the
committee about fee payment. Each child's attendance at the group is conditional
upon continued payment of any necessary fees and/or qualification for funding
through the government Early Years Education Funding Scheme.
Pre-school request 4 weeks notice if your child is leaving pre-school for any reason (except when leaving at the end of the Summer term to attend school).
Funded 2 Year Olds
Needingworth Community Pre-school is now approved to offer free places for 2 year olds. If you think you are eligible or need more information please click here for our funded 2 year olds guide or visit the Cambridgeshire County Council website.
30 Hours Extended Entitlement
The 30 hours extended entitlement is double the 15 hours currently available for all three and four-year-olds. Eligible parents can use it as 30 hours per week during term time or spread the hours over the full year (1140 hours in total). Working parents will need to meet the national eligibility criteria.
Once your child turns three, if you are eligible, you can start claiming from the following term date which will be 1 April, 1 September or 1 January.
You can find out more and apply through the Childcare Choices website . If you are eligible you'll get an 11 digit eligibility code. You will need to keep this safe, as you will need this to access your free place. The Childcare Choices website also offers a comparison guide for all the ways you can reduce childcare costs.
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