All parents and Carers are eligible to claim 15 hours Funding per week from the term after their child’s 3rd birthday. You can split this between different childcare providers and either claim term times only or stretched hours over 50 weeks. You will be asked before the beginning of each term to complete a funding form indicating how many hours per week you would like to claim for your child. If you are unsure whether or not your child is eligible please speak to a member of staff.
When your child qualifies for this funding, you will be notified and supplied with all the relevant paperwork. You will be required to complete a Parent/Carer Declaration and supply proof of date of birth and identity, i.e. birth certificate or passport. The Playgroup will then submit all documentation.
The 30hrs extended entitlement is double the universal entitlement of 15 hrs which is available for working parents of three and four year olds. It can be used as 30 hours per week during term times or 22.8 hours per week if you choose to stretch your entitlement across 50 weeks of the year. (1140) hours in total). For further information and to check your eligibility and apply at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. Once you are eligible you will be emailed a code which must be sent into playgroup so that we can update our systems (please note there are deadlines in place for each term).
Parents can check their eligibility and apply for funding for 2 years olds at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Funded hours can only be claimed across our core hours, 9.00am – 3.00pm. Our extended hours will be charged at our normal daily rate which as of September 2019 will be £4.50 per hour. This includes the cost of breakfast, snack at morning and afternoon sessions and early evening.
In cases of financial hardship, there may be assistance from the Langley Trust, a village charity dating back to the mid-seventeenth century. Requests for assistance are treated in confidence and can be made to the trustees of the charity, whose names and contact details can be found on public notice boards in the village.