When will my child be eligible for Free Early Education Entitlement?
The first full term after their third birthday.
My child’s birthday is in the middle of the term, when can he/she start at Little Bears?
If there is space within the nursery your child may start at Nursery as soon as they turn 3. However, you will have to pay for these sessions until the start of the term after they are 3, which is when the Free Early Education Entitlement Funding can be accessed.
How is it calculated?
The entitlement is 15 hours a week (term time only) for all 3 and 4 year olds. The funding is paid directly to Little Bears who apply for funding for your child. The free hours are then automatically deducted from your childcare bill. You may also be entitled to 30 hours free (term time only) funding. This funding is paid directly to Little Bears on your behalf.
How do I find out if I can receive free childcare funding?
15 hours free (term time only) funding is automatically available for every 3 and 4 year old.
To receive 30 hours free (term time only), you must answer yes to the following questions:
1. Do you (and your partner, if you have one) work at least 16 hours a week?
2. Do you earn less than £100,000 per year?
3. Is your child currently 3 or 4 years old?
Do you answer yes all of the above questions? Then click here to apply!
What do we do if we are on holiday and do we still need to pay?
Please let the nursery know if your child will be absent for holidays, your child’s key person will be planning activities for your child and it helps them to be aware so they plan effectively for your child’s next learning steps. Sessions must be paid for even if your child is on holiday.
Do I need to let you know if my child will not be attending nursery?
Please contact the nursery to let us know, your child’s key person will be planning activities for your child and it helps them to be aware so they plan effectively for your child’s next learning steps if your child is absent due to ill health it is important we are aware of any communicable diseases.
How much notice do you require if I wish to cancel my child’s place?
One calendar month