Think2 Funding

Some families may be eligible for a funded 2 year old place if they meet certain criteria – please click on this link for more information:

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Children-and-early-years/Childcare/think2/fundedplacesfortwoyearolds.aspx

At Tom Thumb we offer this in 2 different ways:

  • Up to 15 hours per week during Staffordshire term times only for 38 weeks of the year.
  • Up to 12 hours per week for the full 48 weeks that we are open.

Funded hours are taken between 9am -3pm – hours outside these times are charged at normal nursery rates.

3 & 4 Year Old Funding

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours funded nursery education.

Some families will be eligible to claim up to 30 hours. At Tom Thumb we offer this in 2 different ways:

  • Up to 30 hours per week during Staffordshire term times only for 38 weeks of the year.
  • Up to 24 hours per week for the full 48 weeks that we are open.

Funded hours are taken between 9am -3pm – hours outside these times are charged at normal nursery rates.

Eligibility

Your eligibility depends on:

  • if you are working
  • your income (and your partner’s income, if you have one)
  • your child’s age and circumstances
  • your immigration status

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.

If you are working

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work
  • on sick leave or annual leave
  • on shared parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave

If you’re on adoption leave for a child aged 3 to 4 years old, you must return to work within 31 days of the date you first apply for 30 hours free childcare for that child.

Your income

You’ll need to expect to earn a certain amount over the next 3 months. This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.

When to apply

You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.

When your child turns 3 When they can get 30 hours from Recommended time to apply
1 September to 31 December Term starting on or after 1 January 15 October to 30 November
1 January to 31 March Term starting on or after 1 April 15 January to 28 February
1 April to 31 August Term starting on or after 1 September 15 June to 31 July

To check your eligibility you can apply via this link:

Apply for 30 hours free childcare – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tax Free Childcare

What is the scheme?

Tax-Free Childcare is a scheme which gives eligible families up to £2,000 free per child towards childcare costs.

You may be able to open a new online childcare account via www.childcarechoices.gov.uk which for every £8 you pay into, the government will pay in an extra £2 (up to £2,000), so it effectively gives you basic-rate tax back on what you pay, hence the scheme’s name.

Am I entitled?

To qualify, parents must be working. Tax-free childcare can’t be used at the same time as childcare vouchers, Universal Credit or tax credits. However, 30 hours free childcare can be received alongside this.

You’re usually eligible if your child is under 12 (17 if disabled) and all of the following apply to you (and/or partner):

  • are 16 or over

  • are over 21 and earn on average at least £120 a week, unless in your first year of self-employment

  • 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

How to apply

You can apply for tax-free childcare at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. You will need to provide your email address and your child’s date of birth.

Additional Charges

*An additional service charge is applied to all funded hours delivered.

This daily charge covers the the extras we provide above the basic funded hours provided by Staffordshire county council and can cover the cost of all other consumables; external visitors, higher staff ratios, a qualified teacher, 2 x healthy snacks, home cooked lunches, all staff paediatric first aid trained, phonics lessons, wipes, drinks, all craft supplies and other educational resources. This fee is subject to annual review. An up to date fee information sheet is given as part of your funding contract which is issued prior to claiming your hours with Tom Thumb.

A full list and contract is given when a funded place is taken up.