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.

Please refer to our fees and payment policy and terms and conditions

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

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
Families in receipt of Working Families Tax Credit with an income of no more than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) could be eligible for a free childcare place for their 2 year old child.
To be eligible a parent/carer must be claiming one of the following benefits:
·        Income Support
·        Income based Job Seekers’ Allowance
·        Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
·        Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
·        Disability Living Allowance (DLA) 
·        Guaranteed Element of the State Pension Credit; or 
·        Child Tax Credit, provided you have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs
·        Working Families Tax Credit, with an income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
If eligible, the OEC will give you a reference number which remains active for six weeks. This means it must be checked by a childcare provider within six weeks of issue and a place reserved even if your child cannot start straight away.  If the reference is not checked within six weeks, it will expire and you will need to use the OEC again to obtain another valid reference number.
In additional to the financial criteria, children are also eligible if they:
·        are a Looked After Child with the Local Authority  
·        are under a Child Protection Plan (Section 47)
·        are under a Child in Need (Section 17)
·        have Higher Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND), as evidenced by the Early Years descriptors and High Needs Block
·        Are subject to a Special Guardianship Order, child arrangement or Adoption order.
·        have an Early Help Assessment (EHA)
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:

·        1st September to 31st December
·        1st January to 31st March
·        1st April to 31st August

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.

Extended Funding

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:

Your child:

  • 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

Click here to find out more: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/600592/30_hours_free_childcare_eligibility.pdf

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.

Our daughter has been attending Mucky Pups Nursery since around May 2015 and has provided a safe and nurturing environment. We were very happy with the way she was settled in, the family feel was what we were looking for and they have been exceptional at taking on board the health issues she has which can be on a day to day basis needing medical intervention. This is obviously an appreciated undertaking by Mucky Pups allowing me to work worry free knowing that she is in good hands. The inclusion of other activities such as swimming, forest school, trips out and Hartbeeps adds to the work already in place to keep the children engaged. We have found Mucky Pups one of the only nursery's to be flexible in their approach to accommodating the hours you require , rather than set blocks of hours, and being fairly priced this ensures you pay for the time you need. Overall, a happy, safe and engaging environment which is paramount to any working parent.
When we made the decision to send our little lady to a nursery it felt like such a daunting choice however the team at Mucky Pups have made this the easiest move we could have ever made. From the get go their warm, welcoming and friendly attitudes have not only helped our little lady settle quickly (she is most definitely happy and engaged in her surroundings) but it has also been such a comfort in helping us to leave her in such a fabulous environment (she can't wait to go in the mornings). The facilities are well equipped, colourful and stimulating for her and the staff have been amazing in keeping us well informed about her daily activities and engagement in these. I cannot rate all of the team highly enough and am so grateful for everything you've done so far in helping her to grow, learn and play with the other children around her. I know she has only been there a few short weeks but I feel confident that this will be the best choice for her.
Mucky Pups is a fantastic nursery, I fell in love with it straight away! The staff are so friendly and go above & beyond for the children. The sleep room is away from the other rooms & each child has their allocated cot.. This was a big must for me as my daughter likes her afternoon naps. My daughter absolutely loves going Mucky Pups and adores her Key Worker Lyndsey, she has came on leaps & bounds since joining last month. Mucky pups has that personal touch that I've not seen in a nursery before. So nice going to working knowing she's there.