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Childcare Funding

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Funding may be available for your children to have a place at one of our nurseries.

Students aged 19 or under

Care to Learn
Childcare funding for all students aged 19 or under is covered by the Government’s Care to Learn scheme. Application packs are available from any Nottingham College centre reception or by calling the Learner Support helpline on 0800 121 8989.

Students aged 20 and over

Childcare Element of the Working Tax Credit (WTC)
Some of your childcare costs may be paid by the childcare element of WTC. All WTC claimants must be working at least 16 hours per week. For more information, please contact HM Revenues and Customs on 0845 300 3900.

Flexible Entitlement
All three- and four-year-olds are currently entitled to free part-time early education of up to 15 hours per week for up to two years before reaching compulsory school age. Please ask your childcare provider for more information. Where possible you will be expected to use these hours whilst studying at College.

Learner Support Fund (LSF)
Further education students may be eligible for assistance from the Nottingham College Learner Support Fund, which is designed to help with the costs of childcare, equipment and travel. All students will be expected to contribute 20% of their childcare costs. This includes students who are in receipt of a means tested benefit or low income. There will also be a cap on the amount we can fund for external childcare settings including childminders, breakfast and afterschool clubs.

Students who qualify for funding external to the Learner Support Fund will be required to claim their costs from the external source before any contribution will be considered. For more information about the Learner Support Fund, see the Student Services team or contact us on 0115 9 100 100.

Early Years Free Entitlement For All 3 and 4 Year Olds (and eligible 2 year olds)
All 3 and 4 year old children (and eligible 2 year olds) are entitled to free childcare at our nursery, up to a maximum of 30 hours per week.

15 Universal Hours
This free entitlement for eligible 2 year olds and all 3 and 4 year olds is provided by the Government to enable children to have access to high quality early years provision in order to help them reach their full potential. It offers free provision universally, from the term following a child’s third birthday up until they reach compulsory school age. This free entitlement equates to 15 hours per week, over a minimum 38 weeks of the year.

15 Extended Hours (total 30 hours of funding)
A further 15 hours is offered to working families for 3 and 4 year olds. You will need to check if you are eligible, but parents can usually get 30 hours childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are in work and each are earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week and earn less than £100,000 per annum. Eligibility can be checked at

Tax Free Childcare
Parents can pay fees through a Tax Free Childcare account if they are eligible. For every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year, which is up to £500 every three months. Parents can check online to see what help with childcare they are eligible for at

Tax Credits
Tax credits are available from HM Revenue and Customs, based on your household’s circumstances. You may be able to access help with the cost of childcare if you’re working for a minimum of 16 hours per week. For further information and eligibility, check online at

Child Care Vouchers
We’re happy to accept child care vouchers from employers who offer this benefit to their employees. Vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from NI contributions for employees, whilst offering NI savings for employers. Both parents are eligible to claim as long as they’re both in employment.