Funding

Did you know that when your child reaches two and until they leave for school, you may be eligible to receive up to 15 hours per week (to be taken over a minimum of two days) of free childcare at Little Ladybirds Day Nursery?

At Little Ladybirds we believe every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfill their potential, and working in partnership with our funding authority, Stockton Council, we want to make it as easy as possible for parents to access a high quality nursery like ours, regardless of their financial circumstances.

This can be done via the following two ways:

Nursery funding for two-year-olds

To be eligible for two-year-old funded nursery placements, one parent has to be in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided your annual household income does not exceed £16,190
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credits, provided your annual household income does not exceed £16,190.

Also eligible, are children who have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan, children who attract Disability Living Allowance (DLA), children who are looked after by the Local Authority or have left care through special guardianship or through adoption or child arrangement orders.

It is the parent’s responsibility to apply to the Family Information’s Service to see if they are eligible, this can done by visiting the Stockton Borough Council website.

Child’s Birthday/When you can claim:

1st Jan to 31st Mar/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st April.
1st Apr to 31st Aug/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st September.
1st Sept to 31st Dec/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st January.

Please note, we have availability for two-year old funded placements at Little Ladybirds Day Nursery.

Nursery funding for three and four-year-olds

All 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to up 15 hours per week of free Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) provision from the beginning of the school term following their 3rd birthday until compulsory school age. Not only are you entitled to 15 hours of free provision you are also entitled to access the 15 hours flexibly, within the following parameters:

  • To be taken over a minimum of two days
  • Free sessions can vary in length but the minimum length is 2.5 hours and the maximum length is ten hours
  • The earliest a free session can start is 7.30am and the latest it can finish is 6pm
  • You do not have to take all the 15 hours with one early years’ provider and this includes school-based nurseries.

You are entitled to receive up to 15 hours of free early year’s provision per week, over 38 weeks per year. The 15 hours equate to 570 hours over 38 weeks. These 570 hours are then spread over an 11 month period equaling 51.8 hours per month. As Little Ladybirds is open all year you will need to pay for any hours attended which exceed the 51.8 hours per month.

Child’s Birthday /When you can claim:

1st Jan to 31st Mar/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st April.
1st Apr to 31st Aug/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st September.
1st Sept to 31st Dec/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st January.

All parents are asked to complete a parental agreement form and produce evidence of the child’s date of birth (passport, birth certificate etc). It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the nursery if your child is receiving funding from another nursery.

For further information about nursery funding please email us or telephone us on 0642 614020. More details are also available via Stockton Borough Council.