Do you have a child who is three or four years old?
Every child, from the term after their 3rd birthday, is eligible to receive the free early years entitlement for childcare and education for 15 hours a week. This is paid for by the Government, through Croydon Council.
What type of setting can you use to claim your child's free entitlement?
- Private, voluntary and independent nurseries
- State nursery schools and classes
- Private schools
- Network childminders
The setting must be on the council's directory of approved providers to be eligible to claim the free entitlement for your child. This means that they are registered with Ofsted and have agreed to the Local Authority's conditions on providing early years education.
When will your child become eligible for the free entitlement?
Your child becomes eligible from the start of the term after they become 3 years old. This means a child born between:
- 1 September and 31 December is eligible from 1 January
- 1 January and 31 March is eligible from 1 April
- 1 April and 31 August is eligible from 1 September
Your free entitlement continues until the end of the term in which your child becomes 5 years old. This means that when your child starts in reception class, they will receive the remainder of their free entitlement at school.
How much is the free entitlement?
The free entitlement is 15 hours per week
How can you use your hours?
The entitlement is flexible so that you can use your hours in various ways. However, to claim your full 15 hour entitlement, your child must attend your setting for a minimum of 3 days per week.
If your child is attending a setting for just 15 hours, this should be available for you for free. However, if your child is attending for longer than this period, you would have to pay for the extra hours.
What do I need to do?
If your child becomes eligible for the free entitlement and already has a place in a setting which is part of the scheme, you will be asked to complete the parent agreement form. The setting will then claim for your child's free entitlement.
If your child does not attend a setting, you can contact the Croydon Family Information Service on the number given below and they will give you information about the settings and schools near you, where your child could benefit from this entitlement.
If you are receiving help with your childcare costs through the working tax credit you will need to inform them when you start to claim the nursery education funding.
|Croydon Information and support Service|
|Telephone||020 8726 6400 (option 5)|
|Address||Jeanette Wallace House|
1 Edridge Road