Sidcup Day Nursery & Forest School

289 Main Road Sidcup DA14 6QL

0208 302 2727

Help with Childcare Cost

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Childcare costs could put a strain on a family’s finances so at Family Tree we have put together information that might be helpful.

We offer affordable childcare dedicated to offering the highest quality care for your child, from our one-to-one care to our wide range of activities, we make sure that our childcare services are great value for money. In addition, we also provide flexible sessions to accommodate your needs.

Below you can see all the different types of help with childcare costs available to you.

15 hours Free Government Funding

3-5 year old funding

Government funding is available for all children age three to five, the term after their third birthday. This entitles each child to a free 570 hours of childcare a year, usually taken as 15 hours of childcare a week during term time, or 11 hours a week throughout the year.
These free hours can be used on its own or be claimed against any additional hours.

Free childcare for two-year olds

As with 3-5 year olds, government funding is also available for two year olds, following the same rules, though not all two year olds will be eligible.

Apply for 30 hours funding

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are: in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week – this is £120 if you’re over 25

Visit the government website to apply:

Once you have applied simply contact us and provide us with your code and you will be able to start using your free hours with us.

15 hours Free Government Funding

Tax Free Childcare

You can get £2 for every £8 you pay into your childcare account, from the government. This must be paid to an approved childcare provider, like Family Tree Day Nursery.

You can get up £2000 a year per child to help with childcare costs.

Eligibility is the same as with 30 hours funding (see above) and you can get both at the same time. Applying for this will stop childcare vouchers and Tax Credits. Use the childcare calculator to find out what option is best for you.

Free childcare for two-year olds

You can get 85% of your childcare paid for, up to £646 per month for one child and up to £1108 per month for two or more children.

To be eligible you need to be working or have a job offer. You can claim Universal Credit online

Childcare Voucher

Family Tree accepts all Childcare Vouchers, speak to us about the childcare voucher you want to use.