Vouchers and Funding

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers are a government initiated scheme, available from some employers to make childcare more affordable for working parents. Parents can sacrifice up to £243 per month of their salary in exchange for vouchers to use against childcare costs. This is per parent so two working parents could get £486 a month of vouchers. All vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance (NI) contributions for employees, whilst offering savings for employers. We accept Childcare Vouchers from all recognised voucher providers.


Flexible Free Entitlement

What is early year's free flexible entitlement?
Early years flexible free entitlement is an opportunity for your child to join in play based activities in a quality environment to continue their learning at no cost. This entitlement is for children aged 3 and 4 years old

When can my child start?
Your child can start the term after their 3rd birthday; if they were born between: 
January 1st to March 31st - they start in April 
April 1st to August 31st - they start in September
September 1st to December 31st - they start in January 

How can I apply?
Hippitots will apply for your child's Flexible Free Entitlement once they are registered with us.

What is my child entitled to?
Your child can access up to 15 hours of early years free entitlement per week for a maximum of 38 weeks per year.
Maximum of 15 hours over 2 days per week (from September 2012)
These hours are in term time only.
The minimum hours that can be taken per day are 2.5 hours.
The maximum hours that can be taken per day at Hippitots are 8 hours.

What will my child get from attending free early years entitlement?
Your child will get the chance to access learning opportunities in an environment that will help to extend their skills and experiences, develop their confidence and build on what they already know.

Is the free early years entitlement different at Hippitots than at a maintained nursery?
No, both settings use the same framework (Early Years Foundation Stage) to deliver quality-learning opportunities for your child.

Will I be expected to pay anything towards my child's early years free entitlement?
No. You do not have to pay anything towards early years free entitlement, but you may be asked to pay for additional activities or services such as outings and meals etc. Hippitots inform you of any charges before your child enrolls here.

Is Hippitots inspected?
Yes, we are registered with and inspected by Ofsted. For our last inspection we received a rating of GOOD; the provision is strong. View Ofsted Report

Where can I get more information, advice and support?
You can speak to our manager Kay on 0191 3773759

2 Year Old Entitlement

From September 2013, 2 year old children who meet ‘eligibility criteria’ are also entitled to a free early education place.

Is my child eligible for a free place?

You can apply for a free place, if you receive one or more of the following:

Income support
Job seekers allowance
Support for a ‘looked after’ child
Child tax credit – income below £16.190
Guaranteed element of state pension credit
Support under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Employment and support allowance – income related
Disability living allowance (child)
Working tax credits and earn no more than £16.190
Current statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (child)
Left care through special guardianship, or an adoption, or residence order

When can my child start?

Your child can start the term after their 2nd birthday; if they were born between:

January 1st to March 31st - they start in April
April 1st to August 31st - they start in September
September 1st to December 31st - they start in January

Please contact Kay on 0191 3773759 for more details.

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