2-Year-Old Funding Entitlement:
Some 2-year-olds will be eligible to get an entitlement of up to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year - very similar to the three school terms.
To qualify for a 2 year old funding code you must be receiving one of the following UK benefits or universal credits:
· Income Support
· Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
· Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
· Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
· Tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
· The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
· Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
· The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
The table below highlights when you can start claiming the Universal Entitlement for your child. Funding can only be accessed the term after your child turns 2.
3- & 4-year-Old Funding Entitlement:
All families can claim up to 15 hours per week funded Early Education for their 3 or 4-year-old child. Every child is entitled to a maximum of 570 hours of funding per year, to be taken over no fewer than 38 weeks in any year. Children can access up their funded early education place from the start of the term after their third birthday. Parents do not need a code for these 15 hours funding.
The table below highlights when you can start claiming the Universal Entitlement for your child. Funding can only be accessed the term after your child turns 3.
Extended Entitlement (30 hours):
Working parents who meet the criteria could be entitled to an extra 15 hours (570 hours) early education for their 3- & 4-year olds.
Process of applying for your 30 free hours:
1. Parents apply online at https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/
2. Successful applicants are given an 11-digit code.
3. Parents must take this code with proof of your National Insurance No. and Childs DOB to their Tiptoes nursery manager.
4. Parents sign a consent form with Roots and Shoots, which allows us to share this information with the local authority.
5. Roots and Shoots input this information onto the relevant local authority system.
6. The local authority confirms the 11-digit code is valid and that Tiptoes can confirm the 30 hours for the parent.
Frequently asked questions & answers:
What is extended childcare funding?
Extended hours funding, also known as 30-hour funding has been put in place by the government to support working families in England. Funded Childcare Providers must deliver Early Education and Childcare as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This applies whether the child attends 15 or 30 hours.
How many weeks of the year can I claim extended/30-hour funding?
Working families are entitled to 30 hours per week, up to a maximum of 38 weeks per year. Parents can choose to stretch this funding over more than 38 weeks of the year where this meets their childcare needs.
Do parents have to take up the full 30 hours?
No. It is the parents’ choice whether they wish to access all of their funded hour’s entitlement, which is a maximum of 30 hours across 38 weeks.
Parents can apply online at https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/
You can apply online any time after your child is 2 years and 39 weeks old. You should first check that meet the eligibility criteria. Your child will not be able to start their funded place until the term after their 3rd birthday.
Once I have received my eligibility code, will the extended hours funding remain in place for the whole year?
No. You will need to reconfirm your code every 3 months. HMRC will contact you by email or text message to remind you that you must reconfirm. Failure to reconfirm your code, will place you in a ‘grace period.’ This means that your child will not be entitled to extended hours funding once the grace period ends.
Yes. All 3 & 4-year-olds in England, are entitled to 15 hours, Universal Early Education Funding, over no less than 38 weeks. Therefore if you lose eligibility to the extended hours funding, the universal funding will continue