Help with Fees

Introduction

If you’d like your child to attend a Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-school you may be eligible for assistance with the cost through a number of initiatives. For more information, including contact details, please ask the Nursery Manager. Alternatively please contact Ben, our Accounts Manager, on 0117 958 2032 or by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Childcare Vouchers

We accept vouchers from all the major and local suppliers, including Accor, Care4, B&NES, Sodexho, Faircare, All Save, Kiddi Vouchers, Early Years, Family Matters, Fideliti, Imagine/Mid Counties Co-op, Kids Unlimited, Busy Bees, Leapfrog, Bristol City Council (CIS), BAND and South Glos Council. Ask us if you have vouchers from another source.

Childcare element of Working Tax Credit

The Working Tax Credit has a Childcare element that will pay up to 70% of your childcare costs, up to £175 per week for families with childcare costs for one child and £300 per week for families with two or more children, subject to status.  Parents / carers must be working a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Financial support for young parents and students

Care to Learn aims to give financial support up to £5,000 per child per year to teenage parents (including dads), who want to continue their education or training, or are returning to education or training and need help with the cost of their childcare. £32 million is also available through the Learner Support Scheme to help students with childcare costs. Priority is given to single parents and those on low incomes, and the fund can be used to support the costs of any registered childcare.

For more information on help with fees for student parents, as well as lots of other useful related information visit: http://www.studentparents.org/

Free Nursery Entitlement for 3 and 4 Year Olds and Qualifying 2 Year Olds

Every child is entitled to up to 15 hours free nursery provision per week during term time from the term after their third birthday until  they start school. These sessions are funded by the Local Authority and are known as the ‘Free Education Entitlement’. Parents / carers apply for the entitlement on a termly basis via the nursery. This is a simple process which we will help you with.

In line with the Department for Education’s and Local Authority’s Codes of Practice Mama Bear’s are offering the Free Education Entitlement flexibly as detailed below. Please note though that some places may be limited with availability on a first-come-first served basis.

1. As part of an all year round, fee-paying nursery place. In this case the first 12 hours per week (with a maximum of 6 hours in any single day) are free of charge for 50 weeks of the year (last two weeks of December are unfunded).

2. 15 FEE hours per week, term time only. Three free 5 hour sessions per week, term time only for 38 weeks of the year. There is a  choice between morning sessions and afternoon sessions or five free 3 hour sessions per week, term time only for 38 weeks of the year. There is choice between morning and afternoon sessions.

3. 12 FEE hours per week, 50 weeks per year. Three free 4 hour sessions per week or four free 3 hour sessions per week, for 50 weeks of the year (two week holiday at the end of December). There is a choice between morning sessions and afternoon sessions.

For more information about the criteria for two year old funding please click here or on the relevant link below:

Bristol childcare for two year olds

South Gloucestershire childcare for two year olds

Somerset childcare for two year olds

Torbay childcare for two year olds

Plymouth childcare for two year olds

 

Want more information?

Visit http://www.payingforchildcare.org.uk/ for the Family and Childcare Trust 's excellent guide. Includes information for all families, including working parents, families living with a disability and student parents.

 

How your fees are spent

 

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