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Free Childcare


We care about the children entrusted into our care at MegaNursery, and we love to help the parents in whatever way possible. Here’s some useful information on how you can take advantage of the government’s Free Childcare schemes.

What does 30 hours funded childcare mean to me? (Known as EFE – Extended Funded Entitlement)

We are pleased to announce that Meganursery will be offering 30 hours funded childcare for the eligible families, starting from September 2017. 

All 3 and 4 year olds in England currently receive 15 hours a week government funded early education. If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4 year olds may be entitled to 30hours funded childcare which is 1,140 hours per year in total. 

If eligible you will be entitled to access the 30 funded hours from the beginning of the term following your child’s 3rd birthday; the funded hours are available during the 38 weeks of term time each year and you can claim up to 10 hours in any one day as a full day 08:00- 18:00, or for a morning 00:80 – 13:00; or an afternoon session 13:00 – 18:00. 

What are the minimum working requirements for me?

•The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.

•Parents must earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.

•Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months

•Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.

What are my minimum salary requirements?

•Parents must earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.

•This equates to £120 a week for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week for each parent between 21 and 24 years old and £56 a week for apprentices in their first year.

•You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.

What is the qualifying age of my Child /Children?

•Your child / children must be either 3 or 4 years old.

•Parents of children who will be 3 on 31st August can apply now.

How do I get my eligibility code to give to you as my childcare provider?

•You will need to apply for the 30-hour entitlement code through the Government’s digital childcare service, as the eligibility is income based. You can do this at https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/extendedentitlement  you can sign up for email alerts to receive more information on this website too.

•You can also apply via telephone by ringing the childcare service helpline on 0300 123 4097.

•You will be able to make your application the term before they wish to start receiving the entitlement. You can apply the term before your child turns 3 years old, if you meet the earnings requirement, although you can only start claiming your 30 hour place the term following their third birthday or the term following the date the eligibility code was issued – whichever is later.

•We advise that you apply as early in the term as possible to ensure you can reserve a place with us. As part of the application process, you will need to create a Government Gateway account (if you don’t already have one), and provide your name, address, and national insurance number, as well as the same information for your partner (if you have one). You will be asked if you expect to meet the income requirements over the coming three months and whether you are in receipt of any relevant benefits.

•When you  receive confirmation of your eligibility from HMRC, you will receive a unique 11-digit code beginning with either ‘500’ or ‘11’, which you bring into us as soon as possible in order for us to process your free childcare and secure your place. .

How is the EFE worked out at Meganursery?

At Meganursery we offer the funding in two ways:

This information is based on the assumption that you are already claiming your universal entitlement of 15hours funded hours and are increasing to the 30hour offer.

What if I lose my eligibility?

•You will receive a ‘grace period’ – this means they will be able to keep your childcare funding for a short period.

•Once the ‘grace period’ has lapsed, you will still be entitled to the universal 15-hour entitlement, if your child is still 3 or 4 years old, and not claiming these are at a different childcare provider.

•Any short fall in funding would be your responsibility as a parent/ family to provide.

Does my location of work make a difference?

•This offer is for working families in England.

•If one or both parents is a non-EEA national, the parent applying must have recourse to public funds.

•If one or both parents is a non-EEA national and the parent applying does not have recourse to public funds, you will not be eligible.

For any queries regarding funding, please contact enquiries@meganursery.co.uk; nursery@themegacentre.com or speak directly to a member of management.