Not sure if anyone can help regadring the 15 hours free childcare. My lo will be eligible for hers jan 2015 I believe. Is it possible to put her into a nursery over 3 or 3 1/2 days and the 15 hours per week she is eligible for would be deducted from the bill (obviously if the nursery accept children for the 15 hours free pw)? Is it also only during term time that they are able to get the 15 hours free? The nursery I am considering for childcare if we need to put her into it charge I think £45 per day (8-6 I think) and £18 per half day. Taking off the 15 hours per week would leave approx 12 hours chargeable so I guess they would then just charge for a full day and 1/2 day each week? Would it be only this that is then declared to CTC to claim childcare? Confusing myself! Lol.
It is only during term time you get the funding. Some nurseries will pro-rata your fees, so you'll pay all the time but slightly less once you take into account the free hours. Some nurseries will just deduct the 15hours straight off the bill.
Some nurseries will only let you use the hours in a certain way e.g. 5x3hr mornings. Some will let you use them how you please.
Re CTC, I don't know!!
Might be best to ask the nursery once you ahve a short list that you want to look at.
Thanks! It isnt something I need to worry about just yet as wont be til jan 2015 but need to think about the nursery. There is one near my work that our next lo will be going into when I go back work and they have one next door to that. Other than that there may be 1 or 2 others which are part of a proper infant school so obviously she would need to be dropped off/collected as per their morning or afternoon sessions. Lol. Will see how we go!
Oh and CTC just want to know how much your childcare Is a week. So when it goes down once LO has turned 3 and Is getting the funding just ring up and tell them the change in money per week.
Even though you don't need to worry about it yet I would defferently ask the nursery how they work it so you know exactly what to expect when the time comes
This was amended in the changes to EYFS is Sept 2012. Nurseries used to be allowed to stipulate limits of only basically being able to use 2/3 of the free hours if wanting to only use 2 days or something, whereas the changes now mean that you can use the 15 hours how you like and they're not allowed to stipulate it must be across 3 days etc and so then m.ke you pay the additional hours. I'd check the guidelines of the EYFS because I was led to believe by a childminder that restricting how many can be taken across x number of days is no longer allowed.
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