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3/4 year olds                                                                                 2 year olds


£4.00 per hour equivalent to                                                         £4.70 per hour equivalent to


£12.00  single session  (3hrs)                                                       £14.10 single session   (3hrs)                                                    



Fees are normally payable monthly, though lunch clubs and extra, additional sessions can be paid for on the day.


Absences must be paid for.





Every child is eligible for government early education funding from the term following his third birthday. This free entitlement provides a maximum of 15 hours  per week.

Parents of eligible children will be asked to complete a declaration form at the start of each term to claim funded hours at Little Owls. Funding may be split between two different early years settings, to a maximum of 15 hours per week. 


In addition we are registered with Essex Early Years and Childcare to receive funding for 2 year old children who meet the criteria for this entitlement. The financial criteria for 2 year old funding is the same as for Free School Meals. Funding for 2 year olds can only be claimed at one setting - unlike the early education funding for 3 and 4 year olds, it cannot be split between 2 settings.


For all children, any hours over and above the funded hours will be charged at the usual hourly fee.


30 hour funding

 In September 2017, there is an extended offer of 30 hours per week for three-and four-year-olds from working families. Parents will be able to access the 30-hour entitlement if they (each, in dual-parent families): 

• earn at least the equivalent of 16 hours per week at the national living wage (fromApril 2017 £7.50 per hour) or national minimum wage for those aged under 25 (from April 2017, between £4.05 and £7.05 per hour depending on age).

• earn less than £100,000 per year. 

It is important to note that the minimum threshold is based on money earned, not hours worked – so if a parentworks for 10 hours per week but still earns the equivalent of 16 hours at national minimum or living wage, they will be eligible for the 30-hour offer. The self-employed, parents on zero-hours contracts and those on sick or parental leave are also eligible. The additional funded hours will also be available where one parent is employed but the other has substantial caring responsibilities or is disabled. 

In cases where parents are separated, eligibility applies to the parent with whom the child ‘normally lives’. Where the parent of a child has a ‘partner’ – i.e. a person to whom they are married, have a civil partnership, or live with, the eligibility criteria also applies.

Parents will be able to apply for the 30-hour scheme (as well as the tax-free childcare scheme) through a joint online application developed by HMRC, which includes an eligibility checking system. Once parents successfully apply online, they will be given a code which they can then present to their chosen provider(s). Providers can then use the eligibility checking system to check that the code is valid, and if it is, book that parent’s place. Parents will be expected to reconfirm their eligibility every three months.

Providers can offer the extended entitlement in part (i.e. less than 30 hours but more than 15 hours). Similarly, parents do not have to take up the full 30 hours – if an eligible parent wants to take up, for example, 25 hours per week, these will still be funded. 

At Little Owls we expect to be able to offer a limited number of 30 hour places from September 2017.