FAQs about free early years education places for 3 and 4 year www.worcestershire.gov.uk Worcestershire County Council provides free early education places for all three and four year old children within Worcestershire. To help parents, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions, with answers, about free early education places below. This document has been designed for download and/or print from the Worcestershire County Council website. All information is correct from 1st May 2015. We hope that this FAQs document is helpful and answers many of the questions that you may have. However, if you have any queries or would like more information please visit your local children's centre.
What is my child entitled to? Your child is entitled to up to 15 hours of early education per week for 38 weeks of the year – free of charge. The 38 weeks are divided into: Spring Term: 11 weeks at 15 hours per week (165 Hours per term) Summer Term: 13 weeks at 15 hours per week (195 hours per term) Autumn Term: 14 weeks at 15 hours per week (210 hours per term)
Are there any restrictions on how I use the hours? The full 15 hours of free early education can be accessed over two days, providing your childcare setting offers this. You do not have to take up the full 15 hours. You can use: A minimum of 2.5 hours in one day A maximum of 10 hours in one day A maximum of 15 hours over one week
When can a child have a free place? Children who are born between: Will have a free place from the following: 1st April and 31st August September 1st September and 31st December January 1st January and 31st March April
What happens to the funding if my child attends more than one nursery? If your child attends two private, voluntary, maintained or independent settings, you must complete a Parent Declaration Form for both settings, which contains the same information on the hours your child attends. The funding will be split proportionately and rounded to the nearest half an hour.
For example, if a child attends setting A for 20 hours a week and setting B for 10 hours a week, setting A will receive two thirds of the funding and setting B the remaining third. Therefore, 10 hours will be allocated to setting A and 5 hours at setting B.
This can be worked out using the following formula: Hours at your setting ÷ total hours child attends funded childcare providers x 15 = funded hours. Applied to the example above, it can be worked out like this: 20 hours (at setting A) ÷ 30 hours (total hours) x 15 = 10 funded hours at setting A 10 hours (at setting B) ÷ 30 (total hours) x 15 = 5 funded hours at setting B Total funded hours = 10 + 5 = 15 hours
Can I be charged during holiday periods? If you are attending a childcare provider that is open for more than 38 weeks, you will be charged for any additional time that your child attends. If you do not wish to attend any additional hours, the childcare provider may not be able to guarantee your child’s place for the following term. You may have the option to pay a retainer, or to re-register your child if there is a place available.
If my child is unwell, is the free place affected? You are not able to claim back any free hours that your child has been unable to attend due to illness. If your child is unwell and unable to attend for more than four weeks then your provider should contact the Nursery Education Funding Team for advice.
If I take a short holiday, how does this affect my child’s free place? If your child is unable to attend due to a family holiday, their free hours will normally be used to keep their free place open until they return.