Early Education Funding

All three and four year olds are entitled to free early years education, for three terms each year.

From September 2018 the government introduced an ‘Extended Entitlement’ (up to 30 hours per week of term time) of free childcare for families that meet the summary criteria below(current as at March 2017) and as set out at https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service/choosing-childcare-for-children-and-young-people/paying-for-childcare/funded-early-education-for-3-and-4-year-olds

  • Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family)
  • Each parent earns on average a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
  • Minimum wage equates to £107 per week or £5,574 per year
  • Living wage equates to £115 per week or £5,990 per year
  • Neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year
  • Self-employed parents and those on zero hours’ contracts will be eligible if they meet the Average Earnings Threshold

We are pleased to inform you that The Vineyard Organic Day Nursery will be offering the ‘Extended Entitlement’ providing your child attends a minimum of 4 full days per week.

Please visit HMRC website where you can check your eligibility. If you are eligible for the extended entitlement then you will be given a reference code, which we will require to claim the funding on your behalf.

Nine out of 10 families are eligible for some financial assistance through the new Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances.

Families with children can claim Child Tax Credit depending on their income. The amount you get depends on your annual income and is paid directly into the bank of the main carer.

The other tax credit you may be entitled to, if either you or your partner is working, is called Working Tax Credit. It includes a childcare element to help families who are working and spending money on childcare.