Somerset County Council will fund part-time Early Years Entitlement places for three and four year olds starting from the funding period after the child’s third birthday. This is called the Universal Entitlement. Two year olds that meet the eligibility criteria can also access funding. Please visit HERE to find out more about 2 year old funding. The early years entitlement gives your child a maximum of 570 hour each year. This will start the funding period after your child’s third birthday and will last for 3 funding periods (equivalent to one year).The maximum entitlement that can be claimed is 15 hours per week. The next entitlement year (starting the funding period after your child’s fourth birthday), your child will receive another automatic allocation of 570 hours, which will also last for 3 funding periods. This is all processed by the nursery, and you will be asked to fill in the necessary forms on a termly or yearly basis to claim your entitlement.
30 Hours of Funded Childcare:
From September 2017, some working parents will be entitled to an extra 15 hours per week early education and childcare for their 3 and 4 year old child on top of the current offer. This is called the extended entitlement. For more information on the eligibility criteria, please see Somerset County Council’s 30 hours funded childcare page, HERE. If you would like more information about the early years entitlement, then please contact the Somerset County Council Entitlements Team on 01823 357039 or email email@example.com
You can claim up to £500 every 3 months (£2000 per year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider via an online account. Please visit HERE for more information.
There are many different Company Voucher Schemes available to parents that help with the cost of childcare. You do not have to pay Income Tax or National Insurance contributions on the part of the salary you take in vouchers. Both parents are eligible to claim for the vouchers as long as you are both in employment.
To find out how much you can save per year please see the HMRC Website
If you wish to use childcare vouchers you will need to see whether your company is registered with a scheme. Your company will have further details on how you join. If they don’t run a scheme you might like to see if your employer will introduce one. We are willing to accept vouchers from these schemes – please contact us to see if your current scheme provider is already set up with us, or to supply us with the information needed to register with a provider, so that we can accept your money saving vouchers right away.
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