At Mucky Pups Childcare we do not provide sessional care, we let you choose your hours but please contact the Nursery to discuss in advance.
We charge a one off hourly rate which is currently £5.20 (April 2017). Food can be provided at a charge of £2.50 per day for non-funded children and £4.00 per day for funded children. There is a £2.50 charge for food which can include breakfast, snack, main meal and high tea. Should your child be dropped off more than 10 minutes early or collected more than 10 minutes late you will be charged by the half hour.
At Mucky Pups Childcare we know how financially difficult it is when you are returning to work after having time off to find the money to pay nursery fees up front, so to help make it that little bit easier for you, we charge in advance. Invoices are to be paid on time on the agreed date.
ADVICE ON CHILDCARE COST HELP
Child and Working Tax Credits
If you earn a maximum of £32000 per year on a combined/joint income (less if you are a single parent) then you could be entitled to Working Tax credits, or, Child Tax credits. They could potentially top up your earnings to the maximum amount to help you towards your bills and your childcare costs depending which element of Tax credits you are entitled to.
If you type Tax credits into your search bar then you will find a wealth of information about the way in which they work including a tax credits calculator and the correct phone numbers if you wish to speak with someone.
Childcare vouchers help working parents to afford quality childcare no matter what their earnings are. Each parent can claim up to £243 per month (depending on the hours you work) and the money will be taken automatically from your wages before Tax and transferred to the childcare provider’s bank account. This can potentially save you a maximum of £900 per year in Income Tax. (It is all transferred electronically and there is no paper voucher)
Funding for 2 year olds
Funding for 3 and 4 year olds
Free childcare places otherwise known as ‘The Free Entitlement’ offer all 3-4 year olds 570 hours a year of funded childcare. This needs to be spread across three funding blocks, with a maximum of 15 hours a week. Children are eligible the first full funding block following their 3rd birthday. Mucky Pups offers 22 hours of funding, over 51 weeks of the year.
Funding blocks are from:
For example: A child born on the 3rd February would be eligible from the 1st April following their 3rd birthday.
There is no cut-off date for a child to apply for a free entitlement place. There is a headcount day when all childcare providers have to count the children they have in their care who are eligible for a free entitlement place and submit those details to Northamptonshire County Council Early Help and Prevention Team for the funding to be paid.
This has no impact on the children or parents and carers; your child is entitled to that funded place and you should be able to take that place at an OFSTED registered childcare provider of your choice.
If the childcare provider you have chosen has a vacancy, does not need to employ another member of staff and has made no reference to accepting a funded place in their Admissions Policy or Terms and Conditions, the childcare provider is obliged to take your child for a free entitlement place.
To claim your Free Entitlement, please speak to your chosen childcare provider who can help. You may choose for your child to take all or part of their free entitlement at a maximum of two childcare providers.
The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs.
Aged 2: Families in England, receiving some form of support who have a 2 year old child, will be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare or early education a week.
Aged 3&4: All families in England with 3 and 4 year old children, will be entitled to 15 hours of free childcare or early education a week.
Aged 3&4: Working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children, will be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of free childcare – so 30 hours in all.
To find out more click this link: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Tax Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare are two separate government schemes, to help parents with the cost of childcare. You can apply for both through one online application – the childcare service.
To qualify for either scheme, parents must be working and each earning at least £120 a week (on average) and not more than £100,000 each a year.
Parents can use Tax-Free Childcare alongside the 15 and 30 hours free childcare schemes in England, or any free childcare hours provided by the Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland governments.
Parents can’t use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as they receive childcare vouchers, Universal Credit or tax credits. However, 30 hours free childcare can be received alongside these schemes.
Parents will be able to open a new childcare account. For every £8 a parent pays into their childcare account, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can get up to £2000 government support per child per year towards their childcare costs. They can then use this money to pay their childcare provider.
You’re usually eligible if all of the following apply:
- Is under 12, or 17 if they’re registered as having a disability
- Usually lives with you
You (and your partner, if applicable):
- Are 16 or over
- Live or work in the UK
- Are employed or self-employed
- Are over 21 and earn on average at least £120 per week, unless in your first year of self-employment
- Earn less than £100,000 a year each
- Don’t get other support with your childcare costs, including from a childcare voucher or salary sacrifice scheme
Early year’s pupil premium (EYPP)
From January 2015, children who are currently claiming the Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds in Northamptonshire, who meet certain eligibility criteria, could be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium.
Children will be eligible if:
- They are 3 or 4 years old and receiving Government funded Free Entitlement in any OFSTED registered childcare provider and their parents are in receipt of one or more of the benefits used to access eligibility for free school meals:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
- Income-related Employment 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
Or, if they have been:
- Looked after by Northamptonshire County Council for at least one day
- Have been adopted from care in Northamptonshire
- Have left care through special guardianship; and subject to a child arrangement order setting out with whom the child is to live (formerly known as residence orders) in Northamptonshire.
The EYPP is a premium available to the childcare setting that your child attends for their Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds. The premium will be used to improve the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of your child.
You can check if your child is eligible by going to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk website and typing in EYPP Eligibility Checker into the search bar.
If you need any help understanding any of the above then please feel free to ask in the office.