Fees and Funding

We'll try to make this as painless as possible.

What do you charge?

£5.88* per hour (from 1st September 2021)  Thats it.  No hidden costs, no compulsory extras.

Unlike many Nurseries and Pre-Schools, we don't have set session times.  We believe you should be able to drop off and pick up your child when it is convenient for you.  All we ask is that you do a minimum of 2 hours in a day, (we recommend 3 hours so your child has time to settle and join in with our activities and routines).

But what if I only do my 15/30 Government funded hours?

We are aware that some Nurseries and Pre-Schools add charges to these hours to cover "expenses", but we firmly believe that Government funded hours should be just that.  Government funded.  So we won't ask you to cover our costs for looking after your children. There's more about funding further down the page.

So, what do I get for my money?

As well as all the fun things on our Whats on at Pre-School pages?  Well....snack and resources like craft things, access to one of the most highly qualified staff teams within the Early Years Sector, your online Learning Journal, (which you can access any day, any time, whilst you are with us), weekly updates from the setting about what we have done, access to our parent area with exclusive content, regular update meetings with your Key Person, daily "science" activities, (lets face it, who doesn't like a big explosion!), regular cooking activities, (we aim for at least one a week), and other activities led by the children's interests on that particular day.  In the afternoon, we have a post lunch "chill-out", followed by "groups"; the older children do some numeracy and literacy activities with a member of staff, and our younger ones, and those who struggle with listening and attention do "Bucket Time" (sitting and listening activities).  Did we miss anything?

What are the "optional" extras?

Uniform:  (We don't want your nice clothes getting ruined now!) Some of our families choose to purchase uniform from us. The uniform available and suppliers vary between settings so please ask your setting for more information.

End of Year Outing:  Whilst we do our best to keep to free locations, sometimes there may be a small cost involved.  No one expects you to be there, we just have an informal picnic type event, but this varies from setting to setting.  We will always let you know as far in advance as we can about where, when and what costs might be involved.

Primary School Dinner:  (PARRYWOOD PRE-SCHOOL, EASTLEIGH ONLY) We are able to order meals from the Primary School dinner menu, provided by our local Primary School.  These cost £3.00* each, and can be ordered on the day, (all money goes to Hampshire County Council). You can of course bring something from home, (hot or cold), if you don't want a school dinner, for no extra charge.

Government Funding

This is where it gets a bit complicated...so pay attention!

Government Funding, called Early Years Education (EYE) funding, is split into two categories.  Universal Entitlement and Extended Entitlement.  Some eligible two year olds may be able to claim 2 Year Old funding, which works the same as Universal Entitlement.

2 Year Old Funding: Some 2 year olds are eligible for 15 hours Government Funded childcare each week, which works in the same way as Universal Entitlement. There is very strict criteria, which is listed below. If  you meet one or more of the below criteria you will need to apply for a funding number and can only use it at a setting which is registered to accept 2 Year Old Funding, (all Parrywood Childcare settings are registered to accept 2 year old funding).

Criteria to be eligible for 2 Year Old Funding:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)

  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments

  • Tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax

  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2 year olds can also get free childcare if they:

  • Are looked after by a local authority

  • Have a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan

  • Get Disability Living Allowance

  • Have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order


Your 2-year-old may get free childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:

  • Claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as 'part 6)

  • Been refused asylum in the UK (known as 'section 4')

A 2-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have any of the following:

  • Leave to remain with 'no recourse to public funds' on family or private life grounds

  • Support from your local council because you have a 'child in need', for example they have a disability or a child protection plan

  • The right to live in the UK because you're the main carer of a British citizen (known as a 'Zambrano Carer')

For more information visit the Government website; https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-2-year-olds or you can check directly with Hampshire County Council on their website https://www.hants.gov.uk 

Universal Entitlement (15 hours):  Every child over the age of three, and those two year olds who meet the Government criteria, can claim no more than 15 hours free childcare per week, (during term time), capped at 570 hours per funding year.  This funding is claimed by, and paid directly to the setting.

If your child attends another setting, you may split this entitlement between them.

You may not claim more than 15 hours per week in total, regardless of how many settings your child attends.

You may not claim EYE funding for more than two settings.

In Hampshire, children are able to claim EYE funding from the term after their third (or second for those eligible), birthday.  i.e. If they are born on 20 June they can claim from the following September.

The number of hours any child is able to claim is capped at 570 hours per funding year.  This cap runs from the term your child is first able to claim EYE funding.  e.g.

Born: 20 June,

First Claims: Start of Autumn Term, (September)

Year Runs:  Start of Autumn Term, (September) -  End of Summer Term, (August)

Born: 14 January

First Claims: Start of Summer Term, (April**)

Year Runs: Start of Summer Term (April**) - End of Spring Term, (March**)

**Summer term funding will always commence in April, regardless of when the Easter break falls.

You will, however, receive notification if your child is likely to exceed the maximum 570 hours per funding year and will be given the option of paying for the additional hours or not attending for the required number of hours.

For more information visit the Government website; https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds?step-by-step-nav=f237ec8e-e82c-4ffa-8fba-2a88a739783b

Extended Entitlement, (30 hours): Extended Entitlement is an additional form of EYE funding which enables eligible three and four year old children to "top up" their Universal Entitlement with an additional 570 hours per funding year.  This equates to a total funding cap of 1140 hours per funding year, at no more than 30 hours per week, (during term time), regardless of how many settings your child attends.

The funding terms for Extended Entitlement are the same as those explained in the Universal Entitlement section, with the addition of the criteria as explained below.


Your eligibility depends on:

  • If you are working

  • Your income (and your partner's income, if you have one)

  • Your child's age and circumstances

  • Your immigration status

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.


You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • In work

  • On sick leave or annual leave

  • On shared parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave

If you're on adoption leave for a child aged 3 to 4 years old, you must return to work within 31 days of the date you first apply for 30 hours free childcare for that child.


You may still be eligible for 30 hours free childcare if you're temporarily working less and either:

  • You're on furlough through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

  • You're claiming a Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant


You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer's Allowance or contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance.

You can apply if you're starting or re-starting work within the next 31 days.


You'll need to expect to earn a certain amount over the next 3 months.  This is at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week on average.

For example, over the next 3 months you expect to earn at least £1,853.28 - the National Living Wage for people over 23.

If you have a partner, they'll need to expect to earn at least this much too.

If you or your partner are temporarily earning less than this amount because of coronavirus, you may still be eligible.  You must be furloughed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or calming a Self Employment Income Support grant to qualify).

If you're self-employed and do not expect to make enough profit in the next 3 months, you can use an average of how much you expect to make over the current tax year.

This earnings limit does not apply if you're self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

If you or your partner have an expected 'adjusted net income' of over £100,000 in the current tax year you will not be eligible.  This includes any bonuses you expect to get.

Your adjusted net income is your total taxable income before any personal allowances and minus things like Gift Aid.


You will not be eligible if your child does not usually live with you.

If you foster your child, you cannot use the online application to get 30 hours free childcare. Speak to your social worker and your local authority if you want to apply.


To be eligible for 30 hours free childcare, you (or your partner if you have one) must have a National Insurance number and at least one of the following:

  • British or Irish citizenship

  • Settled or pre-settled status, or been living in the UK before 1 January 2021 with the right to reside

  • Permission to access public funds - your UK residence card will tell you if you cannot do this


You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.

          When your child turns 3.                     When they can get 30 hours.                Recommended time to reapply


           1 September - 31 December.                        Term starting 1 January.                                  15 October - 30 November

           1 January - 31 March.                                   Term starting 1 April.                                        15 January - 28 February


           1 April - 31 August.                                        Term starting 1 September.                             15 June - 31 July  

You can apply outside of these recommended dates but you might not receive your code in time.  You must have a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts.

You can always check with us when you are eligible if you are not sure.

You have to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months.  If you apply more than 3 months before term starts, you'll have to reconfirm your eligibility in your account in order to keep your code valid.


Apply online for 30 hours free childcare at https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-childcare

If you are applying for 30 hours and someone else already claims Tax-Free Childcare for that child, your application will be unsuccessful.


You must include your partner in your application if you are:

  • Married or in a civil partnership, and live together

  • Not married or in a civil partnership, but living together as though you are

Their employment and income will not affect your eligibility if they:

  • Are or will be absent from your household for more than 6 months

  • Are a prisoner

You and your partner cannot both have accounts for the same child.


You and your ex-partner need to decide who should apply if you are jointly responsible for your child.

If you cannot decide, both f your must apply separately and HMRC will decide who gets a childcare account.


Once your application has been approved, you'll get a code for 30 hours free childcare to give to us.

What happens when a parent is no longer eligible?

  • Parents will receive a "Grace Period" this means they will keep their 30 hours childcare for the remainder of that funding period.

  • Once the "Grace Period" has ended, the parents will be entitled to receive Universal Entitlement, (15 hours), until they become eligible for Extended Entitlement again.

  • Local Authorities will carry out audits at fixed dates throughout the year, to assess parents continued eligibility.

More information about the grace period is available when you sign up to attend the setting.

Parents will need to reapply for Extended Entitlement funding every 3 months and provide the appropriate information, (such as parents National Insurance Numbers and the claim end date), to Pre-School in order to claim. If you do not you may not be able to receive your Extended Entitlement.


For more information visit the Government website; https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare?step-by-step-nav=f517cd57-3c18-4bb9-aa8b-1b907e279bf9

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