Children who attend morning or afternoon sessions can extend their time with us for additional hours as and when needed and if we have room for them. This will be charged at the normal hourly rate.
Our nursery fees for non-government funded places include breakfast in the morning, morning and afternoon snack.
All children receive free cow s milk daily and can provide soya, oat milk for those children who may have dairy intolerances.
A 10% Sibling discount is available for both children who are not in receipt of any government funded sessions.
We offer a 50% refund when holidays are taken if you give us 2 weeks written or email notice.
This is money paid by HM Revenue & Customs to parents with children at home or people who have a responsibility for bringing up children.
You could get Child Tax Credit for each child you re responsible for. You don t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit.
You get money for each child that qualifies, and Child Tax Credit won t affect your Child Benefit. How much you get depends on your circumstances. ou can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).
If you get Tax-Free Childcare, you ll set up an online childcare account for your child. For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 to use to pay your provider.
You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you re eligible for both.
What you can use Tax-Free Childcare for
You can use it to pay for approved childcare, for example:
- childminders, nurseries and nannies
- after school clubs and play schemes
Your childcare provider must be signed up to the scheme before you can pay them and benefit from Tax-Free Childcare.
Check with your provider to see if they re signed up.
If your childcare provider is in an EEA country
You may be able to use Tax-Free Childcare to pay a provider based in a European Economic Area (EEA) country. Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to check.
Your eligibility depends on:
- if you are working
- your income (and your partner s income, if you have one)
- your child s age and circumstances
- your immigration status
If you are working
You can usually get Tax-Free Childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:
- in work
- on sick leave or annual leave
- on shared parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave
If you re on adoption leave, you cannot apply for the child you re on leave for unless you re going back to work within 31 days of the date you first applied.
If your working pattern has changed because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
You may still be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare if you re temporarily working less and either:
- you re on furlough through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- you re claiming a Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant
If you re not currently working
You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer s Allowance or contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance.
You can apply if you re starting or re-starting work within the next 31 days.
You ll need to expect to earn a certain amount over the next 3 months. This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.
For example, over the next 3 months you expect to earn at least £1,813.76 - the National Living Wage for people over 25.
If you have a partner, they ll need to expect to earn at least this much too.
If you or your partner are temporarily earning less than this amount because of coronavirus, you may still be eligible. You must be furloughed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or claiming a Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant to qualify.
If you re self-employed and do not expect to make enough profit in the next 3 months, you can use an average of how much you expect to make over the current tax year.
This earnings limit does not apply if you re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.
If you or your partner have an expected adjusted net income over £100,000 in the current tax year you will not be eligible. This includes any bonuses you expect to get.
You or your partner can earn up to £150,000 in the current tax year and still be eligible if you re a critical worker and have worked extra hours because of coronavirus.
Your adjusted net income is your total taxable income before any personal allowances and minus things like Gift Aid.
Your child must be 11 or under and usually live with you. They stop being eligible on 1 September after their 11th birthday.
Adopted children are eligible, but foster children are not.
If your child is disabled you may get up to £4,000 a year until they re 17. They re eligible for this if they:
Your immigration status
To be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare, you (or your partner if you have one) must have a National Insurance number and at least one of the following:
- British or Irish citizenship
- settled or pre-settled status, or been living in the UK before 1 January 2021 with the right to reside
- permission to access public funds - your UK residence card will tell you if you cannot do this
If you re living in an EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you (or your partner if you have one) might still be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare if:
- your work is in the UK
- the work started before 1 January 2021
- you ve worked in the UK at least once every 12 months since you started working here
This is known as being a frontier worker .
If you get tax credits, Universal Credit, a childcare bursary or grant, or childcare vouchers
You cannot get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as claiming Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers.
Which scheme you re better off with depends on your situation. Use the childcare calculator to work out which type of support is best for you.
You could get Working Tax Credit from HM Revenue and Customs if either of the following apply:
- you re aged from 16 to 24 and have a child or a qualifying disability
- you re 25 or over, with or without children
- work a certain number of hours a week
- get paid for the work you do (or expect to)
- have an income below a certain level
Childcare Vouchers are a great way for employers to give working parents help with dependent children. Currently you can claim up to £243.00 per month through this scheme and, because you don t pay tax or National Insurance on Childcare Vouchers, you could save around £1,000 per year.
We are registered with most childcare voucher companies, please ask for more details.
Tax Free Childcare
Free early learning for 2 year olds
We are registered by Cumbria County Council to provide free early years education for some two year olds. There is a qualifying criteria for this funding, you can either enquire via the Cumbria County Website or we can help you with an assisted application if you think you meet the requirements of the criteria.
Is my child entitled to a free place?
In order to apply your family MUST be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- An income-related employment and support allowance
- The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit provided the annual gross income is no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty s Revenue and Customs, (this figure changes annually in line with changes to wider tax credit thresholds) and are not in receipt of Working Tax Credits (except during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours a week)
- or be a Child Looked After by the Local Authority
When is my child eligible for a free place?
If your child s second birthday falls between: Your child will become eligible for a free place from:
- 1 January and 31 March The start of the Summer Term (April)
- 1 April and 31 August The start of the Autumn Term (September)
- 1 September and 31 December The start of the Spring Term (January)
Eligible children are entitled to 570 hours annually, our sessions can be taken between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and can be used term time or the hours can be stretched over more weeks if agreed with the family and childcare provider).
You can also use two settings when using the early years entitlement, but this will have to be discussed with those settings to ensure that it is in accordance with the other setting s admissions policies.
For more information please see www.childcarechoices.gov.uk Some families will also be able to access working tax credits in addition, to further support childcare costs. Please contact HM Revenue and Customs for advice.
How do I apply?
- You can apply online
- Or by telephoning 01946 506229 for more information
For more information, see: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
15 hours and 30 hours entitlement for three and four year olds
We are registered with Cumbria County Council to offer the government's early years entitlement for three year olds.
Children who have their 3rd birthday between these dates will have a free place from the following month:
- 1 April and 31 August September
- 1 September and 31 December January
- 1 January and 31 March April
The free entitlement is for 15 hours or 30 hours and can be claimed in a variety of ways such as termly, inline with schools or spread throughout the year. Please contact the nursery management team to discus the options which will meet your needs
For those parents who wish to combine free entitlement with wrap around care the free entitlement hours used will be delivered completely free at the point of delivery and additional services will be charged in accordance with our fees policy
Children who take up free entitlement within their day care will also be able to stretch out their free entitlement throughout the year.
To register for the early years entitlement we will need to see a copy of your child s birth certificate to support the governments auditing systems and our contractual obligation. We will also require you to sign an Agreement Form, known as a Free Entitlements Contract.
If you believe you are eligible for 30 hours free funding after the term your child turns 3 then you will require an eligibility code to enable nursery to access this funding on your behalf. Please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. There is a strict timeline on accessing funding so please ensure you plan ahead. Once you have had an eligibility code allocated we will also need the National Insurance number of the person registering the entitlement to enable us to register with the Local Authority to access funding.
Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children s development, learning and care.
National data and research tell us that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, e.g. in 2014, 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium will make available to us extra funding to help close that gap.
We can use the extra funding in any we choose to progress the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could consist of, for example, additional training for our staff on early language, resources to support home learning, investing in a partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.
The money is paid directly to the provider by the Local Authority. The nursery manager has forms to enable you to apply for the funding or can give you the number of the Local Authority so that you can check your eligibility.
Families may be eligible if they are receiving any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under Part 6of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit
For more information, see: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk