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Childcare Funding

Early Years04

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 or visit the Care to Learn website: www.gov.uk/care-to-learn. If you have access to a printer you can download and print the Childcare Funding Form here.

Students aged 20 and over

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 after-school clubs.

Students who qualify for funding external to the Learner Support Fund, ie Childcare Element within the Child Tax Credits, 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 via email student.finance@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk or call us on 0115 9 100 100.

15 Universal Hours

This free entitlement All 3 and 4 year old children (and eligible 2 year olds) are entitled to free childcare up to a maximum of 30 hours per week. This 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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Free Education/Childcare for 2 year olds

Your 2 year old can get free early education and childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • Tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

Where possible you will be expected to use these hours whilst studying at College.