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Nursery grant for childminded children?

(19 Posts)
onebatmother Wed 23-Jul-08 14:28:04

Hello, hoping for some advice and very grateful if anyone can help..

When can I claim for my three-yr-old? I know that for nurseries it's the term after they're three, but does that also apply to child-minders?

vInTaGeVioLeT Wed 23-Jul-08 14:29:16

childminder has to be acredited[sp]

onebatmother Wed 23-Jul-08 14:31:40

Hello vintage - yes, my lovely childminder is ofsted-reg'd - is that what you mean?

Littlefish Wed 23-Jul-08 14:35:08

No OBM, they have to be accredited to deliver the foundation stage. All childminders have to be ofsted registered, but some then choose to go on to do the accreditation for the foundation stage. To be honest, I don't know many childminders who do it, but I might be wrong.

You would need to check with your childminder.

onebatmother Wed 23-Jul-08 14:43:01

Oh no! that's bad news.. I doubt mine is.
thanks littlefish.

vInTaGeVioLeT Wed 23-Jul-08 14:45:00

only know one c/m who is acredited as it's a LOT more paperwork for not a lot more money.

Berryred Wed 23-Jul-08 14:47:32

have to be acredited which is pants as, as from Sept we well legally have to follow the same framework as nursiers ect

bug bear!!

onebatmother Wed 23-Jul-08 19:07:33

By a strange quirk of fate, my cm is doing her accreditation in Sept!

So after all that, does anyone know whether you can claim it immediately after a child's 3rd b-day, or do you have to wait till the following 'term', even though we have no terms iyswim?

vInTaGeVioLeT Wed 23-Jul-08 21:23:21

well that's a stroke of luck!! sorry don't know the answer though!

Littlefish Wed 23-Jul-08 22:08:29

There are set dates (3 dates per year). I'll see if I can find them for you.

Littlefish Wed 23-Jul-08 22:09:52

When will my child be eligible for a free early education place?

A child becomes eligible for a free place from 1 September, 1 January or 1 April following their third birthday.

The above quote was taken from the SureStart Website.

onebatmother Wed 23-Jul-08 23:07:20

Damn!! Thanks Littlefish again. DD's b-day is 6 Sept..

Littlefish Thu 24-Jul-08 08:33:25

Oh poooo.

You'll have to wait until 1st April then. What a pain.

onebatmother Thu 24-Jul-08 16:55:05

Noooo! Isn't it the 1st January??

bonkerz Thu 24-Jul-08 16:58:09

yes it will be 1st jan but only if the childminder has finished her accreditation by then. I presume it will take a year or so to get her accredited???

Littlefish Fri 25-Jul-08 11:07:06

Yes, you're right, of course, but Bonkerz is right as well.

Flibbertyjibbet Fri 25-Jul-08 11:12:42

psssst the 1 April can move according to when easter is! As my friend found out with easter being early this year. Has to wait till Sept for her sons reduction at nursery.

Littlefish Fri 25-Jul-08 20:06:45

Flibbertyjibbet - are you sure? I've never known that. The dates are set as far as I know.

bonkerz Fri 25-Jul-08 22:08:23

it is the term after they are 3 that they get the funding so obviously easter term does change!

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