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Childcare funding

Reducing your childcare bill

There are various different ways parents can reduce the cost of their childcare bill. Your local Family Hub can offer you free impartial advice and support.

You could be entitled to 15 hours free a week childcare for your 2 year old.

Find out information and check to see if your child is eligible for a free childcare place.

You are entitled to a 15 hours free a week childcare place for your 3 or 4 year old.

Find out if your child could be eligible for the additional 15 hours free childcare funding coming September 2017.

Childcare element of tax credits

Visit – Childcare element of tax credits for more information.

If you’re a single parent  and working at least 16 hours, or a couple who are both working and one of you working a minimum of 16 hours. You could be eligible for the childcare element of working tax credits. The childcare element can offer up to 70% off your childcare bill.

If you’re eligible to receive the childcare element of tax credits, your child must be in an  Ofsted registered childcare provider. To find out more information you can check your eligibility online or you can visit your local Family Hub.

This benefit also applies for families receiving Universal Credit

Childcare vouchers

Visit – Childcare Vouchers for more information.

Employers are able to help and support their staff with their childcare bill by using the childcare voucher scheme. Parents can pay up to £243 a month into their tax free childcare vouchers account which can be used to pay their childcare provider. The childcare vouchers can be used for all types of childcare as long as they are registered with Ofsted.

The childcare vouchers will be changing from 2017.

Early years inclusion funding

The Early Years Strategy Group in North East Lincolnshire aims to ensure support is available for Private, Voluntary and Independent settings that cater for early years’ children, to ensure ALL children are given the opportunities to reach their full potential and achieve improved, desired outcomes.

This information is intended primarily for PVIs and other EY professionals. The guidance sets out what additional funding support may be available to support children with additional or special educational needs and disability in PVI settings and how to apply for that support.

Please read the Early Years Inclusion Funding guidance notes (PDF) carefully before filling in an application form.

Early Years Inclusion Fund Support Plan (PDF)

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