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Full Time Nursery Offer

The Holy Family Catholic Primary School will be offering FULL TIME Nursery places from September 2017. The school day for Nursery children will be 9am to 3.15pm, this totals 31.15 hours per week.

 

The Government will be funding 30 hours free childcare for eligible working parents.

 

For those parents who do not meet the criteria, these parents may opt to pay for the afternoon session at The Holy Family school (1pm to 3.15pm) which will cost £10 per day. We also hope to offer extended provision, to be available from 3.15pm to 5.15pm, this will be at an additional cost.

 

Who will be eligible for the 30-hour free childcare extended entitlement?

The extended entitlement is available to 3- and 4-year-olds of working parents. To qualify, each parent (or the sole parent in a single parent family) will need to earn, on average, at least the equivalent of 16 hours on the national minimum wage per week (currently £115.20 per week for over 25s), and no more than £100,000 per year. Self-employed parents and parents on zero-hours contracts will be eligible if they meet the average earnings criteria.

Families where one parent is not in paid employment (or neither parent works) will usually not be eligible for the additional hours. There are exceptions for parents who are on parental, maternity, paternity, adoption or sick leave. Parents who are studying or in training will not be eligible unless this is combined with paid work which meets the minimum average earnings threshold.

However, parents will be eligible where one parent is in receipt of benefits relating to caring responsibilities or has a disability and the other parent is working. Single parents who are disabled or have substantial caring responsibilities will not be eligible.

Parents will apply for both the extended entitlement and the Tax-Free Childcare scheme through a joint online system being developed by HMRC, as the eligibility requirements for both schemes are the same. Parents will have to declare that they expect their earnings to fall within the required threshold either over the next quarter or the current tax year. Parents who make inaccurate or dishonest declarations can be fined between £300 and £3000.

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Local authorities will be expected to check children’s eligibility at key points throughout the year.

It will be parent’s responsibility to apply for 30 hours free childcare via the online HMRC eligibility checker. Parents will receive a voucher code if they are eligible which they will be told to show their chosen provider. The voucher code will enable settings to claim funding from the local authority.

The Government has estimated that around 390,000 3- and 4- year olds will be eligible for the full 30-hours entitlement.

All 3- and 4-year-olds – and the 40% most disadvantaged 2-year-olds – will remain entitled to 15 hours of early education per week during term time, regardless of the employment status or earnings of their parents.

More information can be found at;

https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/childcare-and-advice-for-parents/free-early-education-and-childcare/free-early-education-and-childcare.aspx

Should you have any further questions please call the school office. Visits to the school are welcome, open days will be advertised. Please arrange a visit via the school office.

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