The Funded Early Learning for 2 year olds entitles eligible children to 570 hours a year of Funded Early Learning. The 570 hours is split into three funding blocks. The maximum amount of hours that can be taken in a week is 15 hours.
The Funded Early Learning place can start from the funding block following your child’s 2nd Birthday.
To be eligible a parent/carer must have an income below £16,190 and be claiming the one of the following state benefits:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guaranteed Element of the State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs
You cannot be in receipt of Working Tax Credit (except during the four-week period immediately after the employment ceases, or after you start to work fewer than 16 hours per week.
Further information can be found on the website of Northamptonshire County Council (www.northamptonshire.gov.uk). They have an Online Eligibility Checker that can be used. This will provide a Reference Number that we will require in order to confirm the eligibility for this funding. The successful Reference Number will expire after 6 weeks. If a place has not been taken up before the end of the 6 weeks, the Online Eligibility Checker can be used again to obtain a new number.
If you would like to use some or all of your funding with us, you are required to complete and sign a Northamptonshire County Council funding form, which will be available to complete in the nursery. You will need to register your child with us and we will need to take a copy of your child’s birth certificate and proof of address.