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Funded hours

Early Years Funding

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to universal funding for early years education of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per annum.
30 hours funding is available to 3 and 4-year-old children of working parents subject to certain eligibility criteria.
We apply a charge for meals, consumables and all additional extras provided at ABC Wonderland over and above the provision of high-quality, flexible childcare. This includes:

  • All meals and snacks
  • Yoga and Zumba sessions
  • Increased staff ratios and quality of staff
  • Additional services which serve to increase the quality of provision (e.g. cultural diversity training, English as an additional language, etc )

Additional Charges and Consumables

Parents can use the 15 or 30-hour funding to cover the full cost of any session. If their child attends the program all year, they can stretch the funding over the entire year. The maximum hours that can be claimed in a year are 570 hours for 15 hours per week or 1140 hours for 30 hours per week. If the funding is stretched, it will be equivalent to 11.17 hours per week for universal funding or 22.8 hours per week for extended funding. If parents take additional hours beyond the funded entitlement, they will be charged normal fees.  

Our nursery values the importance of providing freshly cooked hot lunches for our children in a family-style setting. Our staff emphasizes healthy eating, good table manners, and social skills during meal times. In our monthly newsletter, we include a typical menu for the month for your consideration. If you are unable to pay for the consumables, please speak with the manager to explore alternative options. While a packed lunch may be a possibility, please ensure that it aligns with our Healthy Eating policy. The charge for consumables covers meals, snacks, drinks, sun cream, toiletries, and local outings to nearby parks and woods, etc.
Please note that the local authority-funded rate does not cover these consumables.

Free Childcare Scheme

To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each earning at least £115 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year.

For every 80p you or someone else pays in, the government will top up an extra 20p.

The government will top up the account with 20% of childcare costs up to a total of £10,000 – the equivalent of up to £2,000 support per child per year (or £4,000 for disabled children).

The scheme is available for children up to the age of 12 so can be used for before and after school care as well as nursery care.

Any eligible working family can use the Tax-Free Childcare scheme – it doesn’t rely on employers offering it.