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Introduction

If you’d like your child to attend a Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-school you may be eligible for assistance with the cost through a number of initiatives. Details of current schemes can be found on this page. You are welcome to talk to your Nursery Manager, or alternatively please contact Georgina in our Finance Department on 0117 958 2030 or by email, if you have any further questions.


Early Years Entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 Year Olds

Qualifying two year olds and every child from the term after their third birthday is entitled to up to 570 hours funded nursery provision a year until the term before they start school. These sessions are known as the ‘Universal Entitlement’.

In addition, working parents / carers of 3 and 4 year olds who meet the qualifying criteria are eligible for an additional 570 hours (1,140 in total) funded nursery provision a year until the term before they start school. These sessions are known as the ‘Extended Entitlement’.

Parents / carers apply for both entitlements via the nursery and must complete the Early Years Entitlement Registration Form. Application for the Extended Entitlement requires a 30 hours eligibility code, which parents / carers must first apply for on-line through the Government’s Childcare Service - https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk.

Both entitlements are subject to Government and Local Authority terms and conditions which we are obliged to work within and which may change without notice.

How we deliver the Early Years Entitlement

It is Mama Bear’s policy to support parents / carers by offering the Early Years Entitlement flexibly, either as stand-alone sessions (Early Years Entitlement-only) or as part of a broader booking pattern (fee-paying nursery place). Please note though that in order to do this sustainably we have to limit how we offer, as well as how many, term time only places each setting provides. Accordingly, some places may be limited with availability being given first to children already in our care, their siblings and then to new clients on a first-come-first-served basis. The dates of the funded weeks vary from year to year.

As part of a fee-paying nursery place:

  1. All year round: Under the Universal Entitlement the first 12 hours per week are funded for 47.5 weeks of the year. The funded hours per week are doubled to 24 for those qualifying for the Extended Entitlement. Parents / carers may choose from any of our available sessions, with a maximum of 10 funded hours in any one day.
  2. Term time only: Up to 15 hours per week (Universal Entitlement) or 30 hours per week (Extended Entitlement) for 38 weeks of the year. In order to help us balance demand these places are limited in availability and are restricted to 5 and 10 hour sessions only (8.00am-1.00pm, 1.00pm-6.00pm, 8.00am-6.00pm). Early Years Entitlement hours cannot be used for any other sessions on a term time only basis.

Early Years Entitlement-only:

  1. All year round: Up to 12 hours per week (Universal Entitlement) or 24 hours per week (Extended Entitlement), 47.5 weeks of the year. Parents / carers may choose from any of our available sessions, with a maximum of 10 funded hours in any one day.
  2. Term time only: Up to 15 hours per week (Universal Entitlement) or 30 hours per week (Extended Entitlement) for 38 weeks of the year. In order to help us balance demand these places are limited in availability and are restricted to 5 and 10 hour sessions only (8.00am-1.00pm, 1.00pm-6.00pm, 8.00am-6.00pm). Early Years Entitlement hours cannot be used for any other sessions on a term time only basis.

What we charge for

The Early Years Entitlement funding is intended to deliver free, high quality, flexible childcare. It is not intended to pay for the costs of meals, drinks, snacks, other consumables, extra hours or additional activities.

To cover this a consumables charge is made for funded sessions.

The charge is intended to contribute towards all the resources consumed during the Early Years Entitlement funded sessions. In addition to meals, drinks and snacks the charge covers the following:

- Toys, games and other resources (other than fixed equipment) that are short-lived and not capitalised - eg seeds, bubble solution, caterpillars

- Art & craft items, including pens, paper, paints, card, boarders for displays, scissors, glue, etc

- Dressing up and role play items

- Home corner items such as play veg

- Sand, soil & messy play

- Catering supplies, including plates, cutlery, beakers, clingfilm, labels, wipes, etc

- Cleaning, toilet, hygiene, janitorial supplies

- Stationary, printing and other office supplies

- Batteries

- First aid items

This charge is waived for parents / carers in receipt of the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).

As an alternative to the hourly charge, we would therefore encourage parents / carers who are in receipt of benefits or whose children have been in care or adopted from care to apply for the EYPP.

For more information about the criteria for two year old funding please click on the relevant link below:


Childcare Choices

The Government’s Childcare Choices website is a useful source of information if you are looking for support with your childcare costs. Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place. Use the Childcare Calculator at www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to see what offers are available to support you and your family. Other schemes include Tax-Free Childcare and Free Extended Entitlement.

To find out more about what's on offering go to the Childcare Choices Website today.


Tax-free childcare

This is a Government scheme available for all working families, including those who are self-employed. For every £8 you pay in, the Government will add £2 (up to £2,000 per child). This can be used to pay for sessions in addition to the Free Entitlement. More information can be found on the Childcare Service website


Childcare Vouchers

We accept vouchers from all the major and local suppliers, including Accor, Care4, B&NES, Sodexho, Faircare, All Save, Kiddi Vouchers, Early Years, Family Matters, Fideliti, Imagine/Mid Counties Co-op, Kids Unlimited, Busy Bees, Leapfrog, Bristol City Council (CIS), BAND and South Glos Council. Please get in touch if you have vouchers from another source.


Childcare element of Working Tax Credit

The Working Tax Credit has a Childcare element that will pay up to 70% of your childcare costs, up to £175 per week for families with childcare costs for one child and £300 per week for families with two or more children, subject to status.  Parents / carers must be working a minimum of 16 hours per week.


Financial support for young parents and students

Care to Learn aims to give financial support up to £5,000 per child per year to teenage parents (including dads), who want to continue their education or training, or are returning to education or training and need help with the cost of their childcare. £32 million is also available through the Learner Support Scheme to help students with childcare costs. Priority is given to single parents and those on low incomes, and the fund can be used to support the costs of any registered childcare.

For more information on help with fees for student parents, as well as lots of other useful related information click here to visit the GOV.uk website.


Want more information?

Visit http://www.payingforchildcare.org.uk/ for the Family and Childcare Trust 's excellent guide. Includes information for all families, including working parents, families living with a disability and student parents.


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