Morning session: 09:00 to 12:00 = £14.85 (£4.95 per hour)
Fees are chargeable for children aged 2 until the term after their third birthday. Three and four year olds are entitled to up to 30 hours of free funding from the government and this starts at the beginning of the term after the child's third birthday.
Invoices are sent out six times a year (one per term). We accept childcare vouchers and bank transfers. We prefer not to accept cash payments in to the setting but if this is your preferred way to pay your invoice please let us know.
Some disadvantaged families are entitled to government funding for two year olds called "Free for Two" funding and additional funding for three and four year olds, called Pupil Premium can be claimed by Little Squirrels where families are eligible. Further information can be found below or speak in confidence to a member of staff if you think you may be eligible.
Free Early Education
All 3 and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-olds are entitled to a certain amount of free early education and childcare.
As a parent or carer, you may also be entitled to national benefits and tax credits to help you pay for additional childcare. If you are working, your employer may also offer you Childcare Vouchers.
education for 2-year-olds
Some 2-year-olds can get up to 15 hours of free childcare each week for 38 weeks a year. Here in Kent, these 38 weeks are in line with three academic periods (autumn, spring and summer). This is a national scheme.
If your child is eligible the free hours start in the term after their second birthday.
The scheme is currently available to 2-year-olds who:
• are looked after by the local authority
• are no longer looked after by the local authority as a result of an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a residence order
• have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
• parents receive specific benefits
education for 3 and 4-year-olds
All 3 and 4-year-olds can have up to 30 hours of free childcare each week for 38 weeks a year. This entitlement will start the term after their 3rd birthday.
Here in Kent, these 38 weeks are in line with school term dates. This is a national scheme and every child in England is entitled to have this. You can use your 30 hours funding to cover the full number of hours that your child is at our setting (if they currently spend 30 hours with us) or you can claim hours at two different settings. If your child is with us less than 30 hours, you will be covered for the amount of hours they are at the setting.
Full details of the above can be found on www.kent.gov.uk/education, or feel free to discuss any of these points with either your child’s key person, or with our manager.
Please note that when closed on Bank Holidays, we do offer an alternative free session for our funded children.