Early Education Funding

Tiny Town Nurseries take part in the 2, 3 and 4 year old Early Education Funding.

For children who have been granted the 15 hours of Early Education Funding for their 2 year old, we will require to see the funding acceptance letter, for which we will take a copy, which will include the eligibility number and proof of identification for the child. Details for the criteria and further information for the 2 year funding can be found at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/childcarecosts

When children become three years old, they are automatically entitled to the universal 15 hours of Early Education Funding, paid for by the government.

Tiny Town Nurseries also offers the 30 hours of free entitlement for eligible 3 and 4-year old’s. Details regarding eligibility for this can be found at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

All of the above come into effect the term after the child’s birthday. For example:

  • If they are 2 years/3 years from September to December, they can start claiming in January.
  • If they are 2 years/3 years January to March, they can start claiming in April.
  • If they are 2 years/3 years from April to August they can start claiming in September.

All Early Education Funding is available during term time, which is for 38 weeks of the year,  so when the term ends or half term breaks occur, no funding is claimed for the child. Any fees will be charged at the nursery’s full rate outside the funded weeks or sessions accessed.

If the child attends another setting where he/she also accesses funding, then the hours may be split between setting or claimed at one or the other.

If the child is moved from the setting claiming the funded hours, to another setting, half way through a term, this does not guarantee that the funding will move with the child. It is advised to parents/carers they do not move children within a term for this reason.

Any person that wishes to give notice for their child, must still follow the nursery procedure of one written month. If this is part way through a term, the funding will still be claimed by the nursery.

The children must be attending the nursery for the amount of hours they are claiming. This will be indicated on the room registers. If this is not the case, the funding may be reduced or removed. This would then incur full charges for the parents to pay back to nursery.

The 15 hours can be claimed over 2 or 3 days depending on what is required. The 30 hours can be spread across the week. Funding starts at 8am and finishes at 6pm in any one day. Parents/carers must ensure that are at nursery by 5:50pm in order to receive full feedback. Any parent wishing to access nursery from 7:30am may do so at an additional charge.

All funded hours do not include the delivery of food or extra-curricular activities. There are additional fees for this.

Children may bring in a packed lunch but we ask that all foods adhere to our strict nursery allergen list and remind parents/carers that lunch boxes will not be stored in a fridge and so will need to be supplied with their own cool blocks.

We ask all parents/carers to complete a parent declaration form, giving details on their child and declaring we are the nursery education funding is accessed. We also ask for proof of identification for audit purposes, which will only be viewed by a member of management, not copied, and the details included within the PDF. This is under the Data Protection Act 1998 and GDPR 2018.

Our nursery contracts are also issued, which include the detailing of which sessions are required. These contracts last for the term.

The nursery also takes part in the Early Years Pupil Premium and Disability Access Fund schemes if certain children are eligible. There is a separate policy for these.

The Nursery Manager is available at any time to answer any questions that parent/carers may have.