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Government Funding

What is the government’s 'funded’ childcare offering?

Orchard Nursery School is pleased to offer funded childcare for all eligible families.  All 3 and 4-year-olds in England currently receive 15 hours a week government funded early education, which equates to 570 hours per year.

If a child’s parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours funded childcare, which is up to 1,140 hours per year in total! The 15 hours and 30 hours government funded early education is offered to parents over a 38 week period in the academic year.

If your child is eligible to access funded hours, funding starts from the beginning of the term following your child’s 3rd birthday.

Work

  • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the government funded childcare to enable them to work.
  • Parents must earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wageover the coming three months.
  • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months Advanced settings.

Age of Child

  • Your child / children must be either 3 or 4 years old. You can apply for funding in the term prior to your child’s 3rd birthday but the funding will not apply until the term after they turn 3.

Salary

  • Parents must earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
  • This equates to £120 a week for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week for each parent between 21 and 24 years old and £56 a week for apprentices in their first year.
  • You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.

Location

  • This offer is for working families in England.
  • If one or both parents is a non-EEA national, the parent applying must have recourse to public funds.
  • If one or both parents is a non-EEA national and the parent applying does not have recourse to public funds, you will not be eligible.
  • For more information about eligibility criteria, please visit the Childcare Choices website or download the Department for Education eligibility document by clicking the link below.

For more information about eligibility criteria, please visit the Childcare Choices website to find the Department for Education eligibility document by clicking here.

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Happy and approachable...

"Have been very happy with The Orchard Pre-school. The team know both my daughters as individuals and..

A fab team!
A fab team!

"I have been really happy with The Orchard. Such a happy, hard-working team. All the staff have been..

Fun
Fun

"Jo and the team are amazing, both my boys attended Burghwood and the orchard and they loved every second...

So, so happy
So, so happy

"I found this school online after doing some research and it was the best research I have done! I am..

...home away from home
...home away from home

"I cannot praise The Orchard enough! It is my daughter’s home away from home and she adores the staff..

Caring and friendly
Caring and friendly

 "Every single member of staff is warm, caring and friendly which makes you feel so at ease with..

Wonderful
Wonderful

"My son settled so quickly which I didn’t expect due to lockdown and not socialising at such an important..

Nurturing and balanced
Nurturing and balanced

 "Jo and the team provide a caring, nurturing and balanced environment that is perfectly placed..

Caring and loving
Caring and loving

"This nursery is more than just a nursery it is an extension of home. My daughter has had the best time,..

Friendly and Welcoming
Friendly and Welcoming

"My daughter loves the Orchard Pre-school. The staff are so friendly and welcoming that she settled in..

Very Happy
Very Happy

"My daughter has been very happy at the Orchard and changed so much during her time there. She struggled..

Amazing
Amazing

"My daughter attended both Burgh Wood and the Orchard from approx. 2 years old until 4. The staff were..

Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond

"The Orchard Pre-school is such a great pre-school both of my children have attended here. The management..

Super School
Super School

“A lovely nurturing environment, Our second daughter was shy upon starting but has really grown in confidence..

Supportive and professional!
Supportive and professional!

“The teachers are so lovely supportive and professional and all the children are so well behaved, it’s..

...really impressed
...really impressed

“We’ve been really impressed with everything we’ve seen so far. The girls have both settled in really..

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