- – Babies (0-2 years old): £50.00 per day
- – Toddlers (2-3 years old): £40.00 per day
- – Pre-school (3-4 years old): £40.00 per day
We take only a week’s payment as deposit (refundable) and £30.00 non-refundable Administrative fees.
Some two-year-olds in the borough get entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. However, they can spread accessing that across 52 weeks of the year if the so wish.
Your two-year-old could get free 15 hours early education and childcare, if you live in England and you are either:
- – Getting benefits
- – Receiving income support
- – Receiving income-based jobseeker’s allowance (not eligible if on contribution-based jobseeker’s allowance)
- – Receiving income-related employment and support allowance (not eligible if on contribution-based employment support allowance)
- – Receiving tax credits (with an annual income of under £16,190 before tax)
- – Receiving support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- – Receiving the guaranteed element of state pension credit
- – Receiving universal credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of less than £15,400 a year after tax
- – Receiving working tax credit four-week run-on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for working tax credit).
15-Hour Universal Free Childcare
The 15-hour universal free childcare is not dependant on your financial or employment circumstances; this is available to ALL 3-4-year olds.
Children are eligible from the term following their 3rd birthday until they reach compulsory school age whether they take up the universal 15 hours or extended 30-hour entitlement.
From 1st April (summer term)from 1st September (autumn term)from 1st January (spring term)
Month Child Was Born
School Term Free Childcare Can Start
|Between 1st January & 31st March
||From 1st April (summer term)
|Between 1st April & 31st August
||From 1st September (autumn term)
|Between 1st September & 31st August
||From 1st January (spring term)
30 Hours Funded Childcare
30 hours funded childcare is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare. It is designed to enable parents to return to work or to work additional hours.
To claim the 30 hour funded childcare, set up an online Government Gateway account and check and apply online here: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
30 Hours Extended Entitlement Checklist
- – Apply for the extended entitlement here.
- – Complete a parent declaration form provided from each childcare provider with your 11-digit code for each child accessing the additional hours.
- – We will then verify eligibility code with Lewisham council.
- – We will confirm a place has been secured for your child (and you will identify provider for universal 15 hours) once code has been verified.
- – Any additional services or hours above entitlement must be agreed for and paid for by you the parent.
- – Parent needs to re-confirm eligibility every 3 months with HMRC.
- – If you fall out of eligibility, you will enter a grace period which will enable access to the funded place until that grace period ends.
- – If you are still not eligible after the grace period, then alternative payment for additional 15 hours must be found by you, the parent.
- – You can re-apply when they become eligible again and give the code to your childcare provider(s).
Entitlement will stop once your child is in Reception or at school age.