Can anyone please explain the way the childcare grants work to me please. My childminder has recieved a pack to fill in as my DS is 3.4yrs old & eligable. But she says that they do not pay her until the end of the quarter, therefore, she may not register for it! That means that i loose out surely, as i know he is entitled to 2.5hrs free a day 5 days a week. Or is that wrong?
Unless your childminder is an ACCREDITED childminder then she cannot claim the government funding! I too am a childminder and cannot claim as i am not accredited and to become accredited means i will have to complete a course and do lots of paperwork etc and it takes along time to complete. You can use these vouchers in a private nursery or play group which is ofsted registered only. You are entitled to 5 X2.5hour sessions per week.
She is registered with ofsted as they came to access her in October, & i also claim tax credits, which i can only do if she is registered.
So does that mean it should be easy enough to do? I don't want to push it too much in fear of upsetting her, as DS loves her, & vice versa.
the way round it as a childminder is for the parent to pay the normal fee for one quarter and then discount once the money had been paid which in effect means that the parent will get discount for one more term after funding or gets a refund when leaves for school! Thats how my old nursery did it. We paid normal fee and got refund at end of term!
And level 3 is an absolute nightmare....too much work
To get accredited I was told I would have to do 39 observations on each child (in the appropriate age range) so if all mine were in that age range I'd have to do something like 273 each year....Nurseries may have time to do that but I'm a bit busy changing nappies and feeding them
That's a good way of looking at it Bonkerz that way you aren't with out the income
NUrseries will automatically sort out you nusery grants, its not nothing to do with tax people! You should just get a letter telling you when you child is due for the grant and how much oyur fees will reduce by for example.....
Child turns 3 in may, will be entitled from april term and for 11 weeks oyur full time fee will be reduced. So if you pay £130 per week full time care then your fees will go down to £92.55 or there abouts. it works out as a discount of about £38 per week based on a full time nursery place.
Thanks everybody, it makes more sense now.
DS has started pre-school on Thur/Fri, as i work on Mon,Tues,Wed. But CM has offered to take DS on these 3 days if she doesn't go ahead with registering, so i can get the free sessions, which i thought was really nice of her.
Yes KatieMac, that does sound like hard work, i take my hat off to all you CM's who have shed loads of babies & toddlers running round you house. I get irritated if DH leaves the newspaper on the floor. But then again, i am a bit anally retentive when it comes to cleaning & tidying!