From September 2017 the way that childcare is funded is changing.
There will be four types of funding available for early years children.
Universal 15 hours funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds (and some 2 year olds).
All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare per week which can be shared between different childcare providers. To claim this you need to complete a standard form from Warrington Borough Council and return a signed copy to us, which we will then use to complete our claim through the council.
30 hours funded childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.
A child can receive up to 30 hours funded childcare per week (max 570 hours per year) if the parents work at least 16 hours per week and earn more than the national living wage but less than £100,000 per year.
To claim this funding parents must register on the government childcare service website and obtain an eligibility code.
Once the eligibility code has been obtained you will need to complete the Warrington Borough Council standard claim form, sign and return to us.
We need this code as soon as possible before the 31st August.
If not then the funding will not start until January and you will be charged £5 per hour.
Parents can get up to £2000 government support per child per year towards their childcare costs. For every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account, the government will pay in an extra £2. To sign up for tax-free childcare you need to visit the government childcare service. This is the same portal as the 30 hours free childcare so you can sign up for both at the same time. Once registered the scheme can pay us directly.
If you are already using childcare vouchers you will probably be better off to stick with them because you get a bit more back from tax and national insurance than you would with the tax-free childcare scheme. Childcare vouchers are a salary sacrifice scheme – talk to your employer.