Funding

Funding

Did you know that when your child reaches two and until they leave for school, you may be eligible to receive funding for childcare at Clever Clogs?

We believe every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential, and working in partnership with our funding authority, Durham County Council, we want to make it as easy as possible for parents to access a high quality nursery like ours, regardless of their financial circumstances. Here are the various options:

Funding for children aged two

To be eligible for 2-year old funded nursery placements, one parent has to be in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided your annual household income does not exceed £16,190
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credits, provided your annual household income does not exceed £16,190.

Also eligible, are children who have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan, children who attract Disability Living Allowance (DLA), children who are looked after by the Local Authority or have left care through special guardianship or through adoption or child arrangement orders.

It is the responsibility of parents to apply to see if they are eligible, this can done by visiting the Durham County Council website.

Child’s birthday/When you can claim:

  • 1st Jan to 31st Mar/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st April.
  • 1st Apr to 31st Aug/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st September.
  • 1st Sept to 31st Dec/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st January.

Funding for children aged 3-4

The funded childcare entitlement for 3-4 year old children is now 30 hours per week for working parents. This supports working parents with the affordability of childcare and enable parents who want to work, or to work more hours, to do so.

A child qualifies for free childcare if they are resident in the England and under compulsory school age, and if both parents are working (or the sole parent in a lone parent family) and each parent earns, on average:

A weekly minimum wage equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage; and
Earn less than £100,000 per year.

Child’s birthday /When you can claim:

  • 1st Jan to 31st Mar/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st April
  • 1st Apr to 31st Aug/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st September
  • 1st Sept to 31st Dec/The beginning of the term on or after the 1st January.

To make a claim for extended entitlement please visit the Child Care Choices website.

Tax-free childcare

Tax-free children is an option for parents with children at Clever Clogs Belmont or Bowburn.

If you’re a working parent with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children), you can open an online account to pay for registered childcare. The government will top-up the money you pay into the account. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2. You can receive up to £2,000 per child – that’s up to £500 every three months. If you have a disabled child, you can receive up to £4,000 per child – that’s up to £1,000 every three months.

You’re usually eligible if all of the following apply:

Your child:

  • is under 12, or 17 if they’re registered as having a disability
  • usually lives with you

You (and your partner, if you have one):

  • are 16 or over
  • live or work in the UK
  • are employed or self-employed
  • are over 21 and earn on average at least £120 a week, unless in your first year of self-employment.

Different rates apply if you’re under 21 or an apprentice

  • earn less than £100,000 a year each
  • don’t get other support with your childcare, including from a childcare voucher or salary sacrifice scheme

You may also be eligible if you have a partner and one of you gets any of the following benefits:

  • Carers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Benefit

To apply for tax-free childcare please visit the Child Care Choices website.

For further information on funding please contact us.

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Belmont Nursery

Tel: 0191 384 3610

Address: New Ferens Park, Durham, DH1 1GG
Email: info@cclogs.com

Nursery Manager: Sharon Lewis


Bowburn Nursery

Tel: 0191 377 9192

Address: Durham Road, Durham, DH6 5AT
Email: info@cclogs.com

Nursery Manager: Sharon Lewis