What I offer…

Part-time ChildcareWhether your requirements are two full days or just half-day sessions (5-hours minimum is charged), I can hopefully accommodate your childcare needs.


Full-time Childcare:  Accommodating parents with their work / life balance.  Childcare is provided to suit your working hours.

Overnight care:   I am registered by Ofsted to provide overnight care from my own home by prior arrangement.  If you would be interested in overnight care, please contact me for my out-of-hours rates.

2-year funded placements:  I am offer 15-hours of free childcare as supported by my Local Authority (see below criteria) 

Nursery Education Funded (NEF) Placements:  I am offer 15-hours of free childcare as supported by my Local Authority (see below criteria)

Whether your child is full-time or part-time, all children are offered adult-initiated and child-lead activities to encourage progress and wellbeing within each child's learning and development.

Free nursery entitlement funding for 2 year olds

Who is eligible to be considered for funding?

The government requires that a family must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.

All looked after children will be funded (this is the only case where benefits are not applicable).

In addition to this, a Common Assessment Framework CAF must be opened and registered if at least one of the following statements applies for the child or it’s family:

  • Family open to MARAC or DV1 where concerns persist
  • Teenage parents (mother under 18 years of age at point of conception)
  • Post-natal depression/clinical depression requiring brief intervention visits
  • Has had an initial assessment or an identified need for a planned programme of intensive intervention e.g. a life-threatening or life limiting illness to a child and/or parents, drug and alcohol misuse, parental learning disability, significant developmental delay (child) etc
  • Family that continues to struggle with parenting issues following a programme of intervention, e.g. lack of guidance and control, rejection and unrealistic expectations, or who are unable to provide and maintain an adequate environment for their children due to their social/material/health needs
  • Families with three or more home addresses in the previous year
  • Vulnerability according to multi agency threshold document or professional judgment

Or a family with three or more of the following disadvantage criteria can be considered for funding:

  • Family lives in poor quality or overcrowded housing
  • Neither parent has any educational qualifications
  • Either parent has mental health problems
  • At least one parent has longstanding limiting illness, disability or infirmity
  • The family cannot afford a number of food and clothing items (DOH 2009)

 What is a NEF entitlement?

All three and four year old children are entitled to 15 hours of FREE Early Years (EY) Entitlement per week across 38 weeks of the year. 

When can your child access a free place?

Children will receive the free provision from the term after their third birthday as follows:

A child born on or between

can access a free place from

1 April and 31 August

the beginning of the Autumn term

1 September and 31 December

the beginning of the Spring term

1 January and 31 March

the beginning of the Summer term

How can the Free EY Entitlement be taken?

The Free EY Entitlement can be taken flexibly within the following limits:

·    The full 15 hours have to be taken over at least two days per week and a maximum of five days per week

·    A minimum of 2.5 hours can be taken in one day

·    A maximum of 10 hours can be taken in one day.

Splitting between different providers

You can take the Free EY Entitlement at up to two providers. The basic offer is three hours over five days a week, or five hours over three days a week, but many providers will allow you to take the provision flexibly, in a pattern that meets your needs.

For example, your child could have nine hours at a nursery or reception class and six hours with a playgroup, day nursery, childminder or independent school over the course of 3 days or more.


How do I claim the Free EY Entitlement?

·        You must let your provider know that you would like to claim the Free EY Entitlement and how many hours you would like to claim each week;

·      Your provider will give you a ‘Free Early Years Entitlement Declaration Form’ for you to fill in, and they will claim funding on your behalf from the local authority for the Free EY Entitlement

·       Each term, providers have a deadline for claiming this funding. The local authority may not be able to fund a child who has not taken up a Free EY Entitlement place by this date

·     You will need to specify at which provider(s) you would like your child to take their Free EY Entitlement place and how many hours you would like to claim at each provider

·       Funding is for a minimum of half a term; if your child moves to another provider during a term then you need to inform the new provider as soon as possible, to see if a Free EY Entitlement place is available.

·      Please note that if your child attends a part-time place in a school nursery, reception class or nursery class, then the hours attended will be counted as part of your child’s Free EY Entitlement.

Your provider will be able to give you more details on how to claim your Free EY Entitlement place.


Additional charges

Some providers may charge for meals, snacks or optional extras as these may not always be included within the free entitlement. If you take more than 15 hours per week or more than 38 weeks per year there will be a charge from the provider for these additional hours. Please check with your provider for full details of any additional charges.

Parents are provided with an electronic daily diary for their child (three years and under) which is emailed to parents each evening.  It highlights what your child has done during the day, what they have had to drink and eat and sleep times along with other sources of information.  There is also the opportunity to reply back to me with your comments / suggestions.  This method of sharing information with parents has been very highly praised by Ofsted.

I believe the most important thing children need from their key person is warmth, kindness and to be treated as an extended part of the family. Putting a child into daytime childcare isn't a decision parents enter into lightly and therefore can worry that their child will not receive as much emotional care as they would do at home but I will care for your child in a way like they would receive care from home.  Whether it be a cuddle and a story or simply some positive encouragement and praise, each child will be treated as an individual whilst they are in my setting ensuring that they feel as happy and content as they would be at home with their own parents.

I become very attached to children who attend the setting and regardless of their time with me, always become firm friends (parents included).

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