Funding and Entitlement

We offer families with children, from the of age nine months to five years, early education with care between the hours of 8am and 6pm over 48 weeks of the year.

Fees at Pen Green and Kingswood are agreed by the Governing Body on an annual basis and are payable two weeks in advance.

The Government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Support available includes tax free childcare, universal credit, 2 year funding, 3-4 year funding and 30 hours. Each depends on your individual family circumstances. The Childcare Choices website will help you to calculate your best options.

15 and 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get free early education or childcare.

Some 2-year-olds are also eligible for 15 hours free childcare, for example if you get certain benefits.

The free early education and childcare:

  • must be with an approved childcare provider
  • stops when your child starts in reception class (or reaches compulsory school age, if later)

There are different schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From September 2017 you may be eligible to receive extended hours funded childcare.  Working families with children aged three or four can now get 30 hours free childcare a week. This is 570 extra hours a year – 1,140 hours in total.

If you’ve already registered, you can sign in to your childcare account.

Eligibility

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wagefor 16 hours a week – this is £125.28 if you’re over 25

This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

You’re not eligible if:

  • your child doesn’t usually live with you
  • the child is your foster child
  • either you or your partner has a taxable income over £100,000
  • you’re from outside the EEA and your UK residence card says you can’t access public funds
  • You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.

Once you have applied online you will be given a 30 Hours Eligibility Code. To reserve a place at Pen Green you will need to bring this code and documentary proof of your child’s date of birth and complete the Parent Declaration.

For further information or to apply click here.

From the term following a child’s second birthday families receiving financial support (JSA, income support, or tax credits) may be entitled to 15 hours free childcare or early education each week.

Children may also eligible if they:

  • are under a child protection plan (Section 47)
  • are a child in need (Section 17)
  • have higher special needs and disabilities (SEND), as evidenced by the early years descriptors and high needs block
  • are subject to a Special Guardianship Order, child arrangement or adoption order
  • have had an Early Help Assessment (EHA)

This funding is paid directly to the setting.

For further information or to apply click here.

All families with three and four year old children can receive 570 free hours free childcare or early education per year.  It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks.

There is no separate application process for this funding.

You can get it from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday.

This funding is automatically paid directly to the setting your child is registered at.

The date from which children are eligible for 2 Year and 3 Year Funding depends on their birthday.

Child’s birthday 1 January to 31 March – Eligible from The beginning of term on or after 1 April

Child’s birthday 1 April to 31 August – Eligible from The beginning of term on or after 1 September

Child’s birthday 1 September to 31 December – Eligible from The beginning of term on or after 1 January

  • Parents will be able to open a new childcare account to pay for childcare for children up to the age of 12 (17 if child has a disability).
  • 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.
  • Parents cannot use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as they receive Childcare Vouchers, Universal Credit or Tax Credits.
  • 30 hours free childcare can be received alongside this scheme.

For further information or to apply click here.

Corby is now using the Universal Credit system.  Parents on low incomes will get up to 85% of their childcare costs reimbursed through the childcare element of Universal Credit.

For further information or to apply click here.

Other Sources of Funding for the setting

We want our children to achieve the best possible educational outcomes. For some children extra support or resources may be required and there are a number of other funding options that can be accessed by us.

The EYPP is a premium available to childcare providers for children accessing their free three and four year entitlement.

To be eligible families need to be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working tax credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit

Or if they;

  • have been looked after by the local authority for at least one day
  • have been adopted from care
  • have left care through special guardianship and
  • are subject to a child arrangement order setting out with whom the child is to live (formerly known as residence orders)

For further information or to apply click here.

The funding is paid directly to the setting and is used to tailor support for each individual child, details of how it is spent can be found here.

  • the child is in receipt of child disability living allowance (DLA) and;
  • the child attends an early years provider for the funded entitlement.

As a fully inclusive setting we welcome all children but recognise that sometimes children may require a higher level of support or specialist equipment to be able to access the education alongside their peers.

We have the opportunity to apply for additional funding from the Local Authority that can further the support of children with special educational needs or disabilities.

The funding is paid directly to the setting. Further details on the funding can be found here.

From April 2017, the Government has introduced a new funding measure for early years providers, the Disability Access Fund (DAF), to support children with disabilities to access childcare and early education.

Three and Four year olds will be eligible for the DAF if they meet the following criteria:

  • the child is in receipt of child disability living allowance (DLA) and;
  • the child attends an early years provider for the funded entitlement.

The providers taking three- and four-year-olds that are eligible for the DAF will be entitled to receive a one-off payment of £615 per year.

The DAF is not based on an hourly rate and is an additional entitlement.

  • Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to receive the DAF. Children in receipt of the DAF will be eligible where they take-up any period of free entitlement.
  • The DAF is payable as a lump sum once a year per eligible child. If a child eligible for the DAF is splitting their funded entitlement across two or more providers, the local authority will ask parents to nominate the main setting. This setting will be where the local authority will pay the DAF for the child.
  • If a child receiving the DAF moves from one provider to another within a financial year, the new provider is not eligible to receive the DAF funding for this child within the same financial year. DAF funding received by the original setting will not be recouped by the local authority.

Where a child lives in one authority area but attends a provider in a different local authority, the provider’s local authority is responsible for funding the DAF for the child and eligibility checking.

Other possible costs when your child attends the Pen Green Centre

Nursery Fund

Healthy snacks are provided to children throughout sessions. Parents are invited to make a suggested contribution of £3 per week towards the cost of providing these. Children will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents have made any contribution or not.

Nursery Trips

Centre Trips are outings with Family Workers to local areas of interest or family outings where parents are encouraged to accompany their children and join in the learning experience.

Parents may be asked for a contribution to cover some of the cost for their children. Parents will cover the cost of their own transport and activities/entrance fees on these days.

Ways to pay

Take the details below to your bank and tell them how much you want to pay either weekly or monthly.

You must give your child’s name as a reference to enable us to identify the payment.

Ustawienie Standing Order (regularnej platnosci) na swoim koncie-Ponizsze dane, prosze przekazac do banku, w ktorym maja Panstwo konto i uzgodnic kwote jak i czas w ktorym ma byc sciagana platnosc(tygodniowo badz miesiecznie).  

Prosimy podac imie swojego dziecka, aby ulatwic nam identyfikacje zrodla z jakiego dana platnosc pochodzi.

Sort Code: 30 92 26

Account Number / Numer konta: 15764760

Account Name / Wlasciciel konta: NCC Pen Green Children’s Centre

Transfer directly to our account using the following bank details:

Dokonanie przelewu bankowego uzywajac powyzszych danych

Sort Code: 30 92 26

Account Number / Numer konta: 15764760

Account Name / Wlasciciel konta: NCC Pen Green Children’s Centre

You must give your child’s name as a reference to enable us to identify the payment.

Prosimy podac imie swojego dziecka, aby ulatwic nam identyfikacje zrodla z jakiego dana platnosc pochodzi

Available in Pen Green Reception.

If you have any questions or concerns about your payment please contact:

Contact details / Dane kontaktowe

Lucy Poole

Email: LPoole@northamptonshire.gov.uk