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Pinvin Community Preschool

Nurturing hearts and minds on a path of possibilities

Nursery Education Funding

All 3 and 4-year-old children, as well as some 2-year-old children, are entitled to 15 hours of free early education and childcare per week, for 38 weeks of the year. Some 3 and 4-year-old children are also entitled to an additional 15 hours per week.

3 & 4 year old Funding

3 & 4-Year-Old Funding Criteria: Universal 15 Hours 

For all families in England

With 3 and 4-year-old children

15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks

A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider

Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week. 

Please note we do not offer this option due to being a term time only setting.


Childs birthday between

1st April and 31st August. Funding starts:1st September (Autumn Term)

Childs birthday between

1st September and 31st December. Funding starts: 1st January (Spring Term)

Childs birthday between

1st January and 31st March. Funding starts: 1st April (Summer Term)

3 & 4 Year Old Funding

Extended funding (30 hrs)

3 & 4-Year-Old Funding Criteria: Extended funding 30 Hours 

Some children are also entitled to an additional 15 hours of free early years education per week, totalling 30 free hours of childcare. To be eligible for the additional 15 hours of funding, each parent of the child must be employed a minimum equivalent of 16 hours per week, earning at least the national minimum wage. Each parent must earn less than £100,000 per year. Single parents are also eligible, providing the sole parent works an equivalent of 16 hours per week, at national minimum wage.


Our offer for 15 & 30 hours free nursery education funding

At Pinvin community preschool we strive to be flexible in the hours we offer our children and families, we are committed to continue this for those entitled to 30-hours of free childcare. Our funding offers are reviewed termly and we reserve the right to change our offer giving parents a terms notice of any changes.


Your child's hours can be taken flexibly between 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday term time only.

You are able to select less hours if you do not wish to take up the full 15 or 30 hours, however we request you follow the guidelines below of the sessions. This is to maintain high standards of care by minimising disruption to the children’s day;

Morning session - 9 -12pm Morning and lunch club - 9-1pm Afternoon session 12-3pm


For your convenience, we also offer nestle and nurture sessions available from 8 - 9am and 3 – 5pm. This is not included in your funded hours and will be provided at an additional cost.

Apply for 30hrs funding

Two year old funding: 15hrs

Two-Year-Old Funding Criteria

To be eligible for 15 hours of free early education, from the term after their second birthday, children must be living in a household that receives one or more of the following benefit.

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credits, with an annual household income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credits, with and annual household income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (paid for 4 weeks after a family stops qualifying for Working Tax Credits)

Children are also entitled to a free place if they are looked after by the Local Authority,

have a current Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan, if they are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or have left care under a Special Guardianship Order, Child Arrangements Order or an Adoption Order.

How do I apply?

If you are eligible for 2 year old funding you should be automatically sent a postcard from Worcestershire county council with details how to apply. If you believe you are eligible and have not received notification you are able to check at the website below:

2 Year Old Funding

Tax free childcare

Are you eligible?

  • For working families, including the self-employed, in the UK
  • Earning under £100k and at least £142 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each
  • Who aren't receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers
  • With children aged 0-11 (or 0-16 if disabled)
  • For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year
  • If your working pattern and/or income has changed because of coronavirus (COVID-19); before you apply or reconfirm, please read how the changes may affect your eligibility.

Apply for tax free childcare

Universal Credit for Childcare

  • For working families claiming Universal Credit, in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • With children under 17*
  • Up to 85% of eligible childcare costs
  • Who aren't receiving Tax-Free Childcare 

Am I eligible?

You, and or your partner, must be working, or you’re due to start work, and are claiming Universal Credit.

Whether you can claim will depend on your personal circumstances.

How can I benefit?

You can claim back up to 85% of your eligible childcare costs for children under 17. You could get up to £646 a month for one child, or £1,108 for two or more.

You can use it to help pay:

Registered childminders, nurseries, and nannies

Registered after-school clubs and playschemes

Registered schools

Home care-workers working for a registered home care agency

Universal Credit is replacing a number of benefits, including tax credits.

If you are already receiving tax credits then you don't need to do anything now.

You can't claim Universal Credit at the same time as:

Tax credits

Tax-Free Childcare

* The childcare cost element in Universal Credit is paid up to the end of August following the child's 16th birthday.

Universal Credit 

Pupil Premium

The aim of the Early Years Pupil Premium is to close the gap between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers by providing additional funding to Early years settings, therefore providing the opportunity to raise the quality of provision we offer.

Eligibility

All children aged three and four (not two-year olds), who meet the eligibility criteria will benefit from the funding. The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour on top of the Free Entitlement for three and four-year-old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. In order to be able to claim this funding we require parents to sign the funding agreement which asks for details of parent’s date of birth and National Insurance number.

Pupil premium expenditure

As an Early Years setting we have the freedom to choose how we spend the money to best support disadvantaged children in our care. Our pre-school will endeavour to find the best possible way to spend the money through identifying the needs of the child and discussing with parents how the money may be best spent.

Making a difference

As a setting we are committed to making a difference in children and families lives. We review all pupil premium expenditure on a on-going basis involving the parents along the way to ensure the most effective use of the funding to have maximum benefit to the child.


For further information please speak with one of the management team.