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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. Details of current schemes can be found on this page. You are welcome to talk to the Nursery Manager, or alternatively please contact Chloe or Georgina in our Finance Department on 0117 958 2030 or by email, if you have any further questions.


Free Nursery Entitlement for 3 and 4 Year Olds and Qualifying 2 Year Olds at Mama Bear's 

Qualifying two year olds and every child from the term after their third birthday are entitled to up to 570 hours free nursery provision a year until the term before they start school. These sessions are funded by the Local Authority and are known as the ‘Free Universal Entitlement’.

In addition, working parents / carers of 3 and 4 year olds who meet the qualifying criteria are eligible for an additional 570 hours (1,140 in total) free nursery provision a year until they start school. These sessions are also funded by the Local Authority and are known as the ‘Free Extended Entitlement’.

Parents / carers apply for the both entitlements via the nursery by completing the Free Entitlement Registration Form. Application for the Extended Entitlement requires a 30 hours eligibility code, which parents / carers must first apply for on-line through the Government’s Childcare Service.

Both entitlements are subject to Government and Local Authority terms and conditions which Mama Bear’s are obliged to work within and which may change without notice.

How are we delivering the Free Entitlement at Mama Bear's?

It is Mama Bear’s policy to support parents / carers by offering the Free Entitlement flexibly and completely free, without additional or hidden charges (such as for meals or other consumables), as detailed below. The dates of the funded weeks will vary from year to year, details will be issued to our parents once the Local Authorities advise us.

As part of a fee-paying nursery place:

  1. All year round: Under the Universal Entitlement the first 12 hours per week are free of charge for 47.5 weeks of the year. The free hours per week are doubled to 24 for those qualifying for the Extended Entitlement. Parents / carers may choose from any of our available sessions, with a maximum of 10 hours free in any one day.
  2. Term time only: Up to 15 hours per week (Universal Entitlement) or 30 hours per week (Extended Entitlement) for 38 weeks of the year. In order to help us balance demand these places are limited in availability and are restricted to 5 and 10 hour sessions only (8.00am-1.00pm, 1.00pm-6.00pm, 8.00am-6.00pm). Free Entitlement hours cannot be used for any other sessions on a term time only basis.

Free Entitlement-only:

  1. All year round: Up to 12 hours per week (Universal Entitlement) or 24 hours per week (Extended Entitlement), 47.5 weeks of the year. Parents / carers may choose from any of our available sessions, with a maximum of 10 hours free in any one day.
  2. Term time only: Up to 15 hours per week (Universal Entitlement) or 30 hours per week (Extended Entitlement) for 38 weeks of the year. In order to help us balance demand these places are limited in availability and are restricted to 5 and 10 hour sessions only (8.00am-1.00pm, 1.00pm-6.00pm, 8.00am-6.00pm). Free Entitlement hours cannot be used for any other sessions on a term time only basis.

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


Childcare Choices

The Government’s new Childcare Choices website is now live and is a useful source of information if you are looking for support with your childcare costs. Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer. Use the Childcare Calculator at www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to see what offers are available to support you and your family. As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and Free Extended Entitlement – two new offers that are coming in 2017.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today.


Tax-free childcare

This is a Government scheme available for all working families, including those who are self-employed. For every £8 you pay in, the Government will add £2 (up to £2,000 per child). This can be used to pay for sessions in addition to the Free Entitlement. More information can be found on the Childcare Service website


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. Please get in touch 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/


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.


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