Free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds at Hempstalls Primary School
What's on offer?
All 3 and 4 year olds in Staffordshire are entitled to free childcare for 15 hours a week during school term times.
This is over 38 weeks per year during school term time, although some settings may be pro rata.
When will my child be eligible?
Your child is eligible from the school term| after their 3rd birthday:
Free places can start from
1st January - 31st March
Summer term (from 1st April)
1st April - 31st August
Autumn term (from 1st September)
1st September - 31st December
Spring term (from 1st January)
How do I claim my free places?
- Contact your childcare provider. They will submit a claim on your behalf, and no money or vouchers are passed to you.
- The funding is paid directly to the childcare provider.
- The free places are then automatically deducted from your childcare bill.
Remember: you do not have to attend for additional childcare, you can simply attend for the free places if you
choose. Parents/ carers should not be charged for additional hours not required or attended for.
Where are free places available?
Your child can attend any childcare provider that is registered to provide free places, as long as they have places
available. Providers will include:
- Accredited Childminders that are part of a network;
- Day Nurseries (Private, voluntary, independent, academy or governor run);
- Pre-schools, Playgroups and Wraparound;
- Maintained Nursery schools and classes;
- Children Centres and Some Creches.
Early Years Pupil Premium.
The government announced in March this year that they intend to introduce an Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for three and four year olds from April 2015.
What is the EYPP criteria?
Any three or four year old receiving Nursery Education Funding (NEF) with any setting they will be eligible if their parents are in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
In addition, a child will be eligible if they:
- have been looked after by the local authority for at least one day
- have been adopted from care
- have left care through special guardianship; and
- are subject to a child arrangement order
If you think that you could be eligible please fill in the New Privacy Notice from the school office.
We are also offering none funded places to top up your childcare please contact Mrs Billings