Funding

Funding available at Little Ladybirds

Did you know that when your child reaches two and until they leave for school, you may be eligible to receive 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 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.

Nursery funding for three and four-year-olds

From September 2017, the current funded childcare entitlement for three and four year olds is being increased from 15 to 30 hours per week for working parents. This change is to support working parents with the affordability of childcare and enable parents who want to work, or to work more hours, to do so.

A child qualifies for free childcare if they are resident in the England and under compulsory school age, and if both parents are working (or the sole parent in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average:

  • A weekly minimum wage equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage; and
  • Earn less than £100,000 per year.

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.

You will need to make a claim through the Government and this can be done via the free childcare website.

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

Tax free childcare

Parents will be able to open a new childcare account. 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. They can then use this money to pay their childcare provider.

The government has started inviting parents to apply for Tax-Free Childcare beginning with parents of the youngest children first. You’re usually eligible if all of the following apply:

Your child:

  • is under 12, or 17 if they’re registered as having a disability
  • usually lives with you

You (and your partner, if you have one):

  • are 16 or over
  • live or work in the UK
  • are employed or self-employed
  • are over 21 and earn on average at least £120 a week, unless in your first year of self-employment. Different rates apply if you’re under 21 or an apprentice
  • earn less than £100,000 a year each
  • don’t get other support with your childcare, including from a childcare voucher or salary sacrifice scheme

You may also be eligible if you have a partner and one of you gets any of the following benefits:

  • Carers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Benefit

For more information please visit the Government’s Tax Free Childcare website.