About fee's and funding
Early Years Entitlement Funding
Free early learning for three and four year olds and eligible 2 year olds.
Free early learning gives children opportunities, through learning and playing with other children in a safe, secure and stimulating environment, introducing children to a structured approach to learning.
What is your child entitled to?
All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free preschool education for 38 weeks of the year or 570 hours a year if ‘stretched’ from the funding period after they become 3 years old. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday).
Eligibility for the extended entitlement
Working* parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria to be eligible for up to 30 hours a week funded childcare:
- Each earns or expects to earn the equivalent to 16 hours a week at the National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
Please see GOV.UK for full eligibility criteria.
- This means you don’t have to actually work 16 hours a week but earn at least the equivalent of these wage rates.
*’Working’ will include the employed and self-employed, and people on zero-hour contracts, and people away from work due to statutory sick pay, maternity, paternity or adoption leave, and where one parent is working and the other is in receipt of benefits due to caring responsibility or disability.
When does my child qualify for a free place?
If your child is born between:
They are eligible for a free place from:
1St April and 31st August
1st September following their third birthday or the beginning of the autumn school term.
1st September and 31st December
1st January following their third birthday or the beginning of the spring school term.
1st January and 31st March
1st April following their third birthday or the beginning of the summer school term
If you require more information please speak to a Senior member of staff.
At Jigsaw Pre school we are committed to ensuring that high quality childcare is accessible to all, keeping fees as competitive as possible. Please ask for further information.
We accept childcare vouchers, if you think you may be entitled to these then speak to your employer.
Free funding for two-year-olds
Eligible two-year-olds are entitled to two-year-old funding.
Children who are confirmed to be eligible will be offered up to 15 hours free early years education per week for 38 weeks, you can also stretch the hours across the funding year this totalling 570 hours for your child’s eligible funding year.
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra amount of money to the childcare provider for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain qualifying benefits or who have been adopted or are in care, the aim of this funding is to support children’s development, learning and care.
The funding can be used by the provider in any way they chose to improve on the quality of early years education that is provided for your child.
More information on Early Years Entitlement is available at www.somerset.gov.uk/eypp, by phoning 0300 123 2224 or by emailing [email protected].