For more information on our Nursery Terms and Conditions please see our Terms and Conditions and Booking Policy.
Government Funded Hours
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE TO ME?
15 hours Universal Entitlement:
All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 hours per week of government funding, each week for 38 weeks of the year. This totals 570 hours available during the academic year. Children are allowed to claim this funding from the start of the school term after their third birthday (1st September, 1st January, 1st April).
30 hours (15 additional hours):
Some parents of 3 and 4 year olds are able to obtain an additional 15 hours of funded childcare from the government, provided that they meet certain eligibility criteria.
Parent must have apply for the 30 hour code on the government Childcare Choices website here before the school terms begins (1st September, 1st January, 1st April) otherwise they will only be able to claim the universal 15 hours for that term.
The 30 hour code expires 3 months from issue, so parents must re-apply for their code every 3 months.
Government Funding Policy and Provision at Barnkids
The government allows flexibility on how funding is applied to nursery fees and Barnkids use a methodology, which will be different to other providers. Our methodology is chosen based on our desire to make the 30 hours as accessible as possible for everyone. See our Government Funding Policy for more information.
15 hours Universal entitlement
The total of 15 funded hours is provided for 38 weeks of the year, giving a total of 570 hours per academic year. These hours are ‘stretched’ across the 51 weeks of the year that we are open. Dividing 570 hours by 51 weeks gives 11.18 funded hours per week.
There is no limit to the number of funded hours that can be used on any one day at Barnkids.
30 hours (15 additional hours)
The total of 30 funded hours is provided for 38 weeks of the year, giving a total of 1140 hours per year. These hours per week are ‘stretched’ across the 51 weeks of the year that we are open. Dividing 1140 hours by 51 weeks gives 22.30 funded hours per week.
Parents are only able to access 30 hours funding if their child is attending 3 or more full days a week.
Additional Services and Quality Premium
Your funding entitlement will be provided free at the point of delivery. As per our policy, Barnkids do, however charge for the additional hours provided outside the entitlement hours funded by the government as well as applying an ‘Additional Services and Quality Premium’ charge, which allows us to continue to offer the highest standard of care for our children. Parents can choose to opt out of the Additional Services and Quality Premium however a number of conditions will apply. (See our Government Funding Policy for more information).
My child attends another setting. Can I claim the Free Entitlement at both settings?
As long as the combined total does not exceed the maximum entitlement. You must complete a Parental Contract form for each provider and you must declare the hours you are claiming at each setting.
Notification and Consent
In order to be able to receive your child’s funding there are a number of forms that need to be completed. During the term before your child’s entitlement begins Barnkids will issue you the following forms for completion.
- Registration Form (written by Surrey County Council)
- Declaration of Attendance Form (written by Surrey County Council)
- Provider Agreement (written by Barnkids)
You will also be required to complete these forms at the start of each academic year (by 1st September).
FREE PLACES FOR TWO-YEAR-OLDS
Barnkids also offer a limited number of completely free places for two year old children who meet the government criteria. The child can continue to access these places following their third birthday. We provide a maximum of 2 full days per week, per child as long as Barnkids are the only recipient of the child’s free entitlement from the government. These places are provided on a first come, first served basis.