Funding Your Child’s Care at

The Opportunity Centre

Our setting is open 39 weeks of the year (following the Gloucestershire schools terms calendar), Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, from 8am – 4pm and from 8am – 12pm on Wednesday.   We are closed on bank holidays and for 5 training days each year.  We charge £4.00 per hour and offer up to 36 hours of childcare each week in the following sessions.

Early Morning (8am – 12pm)

Morning (9am-12pm)

Short All Day (9am- 3pm)

Long All Day (8am – 4pm)

Early All Day (8am – 3pm)

Late All Day (9am – 4pm)

15 Hours Funding for 3-and 4 -Year- olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England get 570 free hours childcare per year, it is usually taken as 15 hours per week. Your child will be eligible for funding the term after their 3rd birthday.

Our Administrator will issue you with the Early Years Funding Entitlement Form before the start of the next term, which you must complete and return to us.  It is very important that this form is completed correctly and handed in by the date specified.  Without it we cannot claim the funding and you will be responsible for your child’s session fees.

30 Hours Funding for 3-and 4-Year Olds

You may be able to get up to 1,140 hours free childcare per year, it is usually taken as 30 hours per week.

Your eligibility depends on:

  • if you are working
  • how much you earn
  • your child’s circumstances.
  • your nationality

To apply for 30 hours free childcare please visit www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-childcare

To receive the free childcare, you must provide us with the 30 hours childcare code before the start of the term your child is attending.  You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.

Your child turns 3 Receives 30 hours from Time to apply
1 Sept to 31 Dec 1 Jan 15 Oct to 30 Nov
1 Jan to 31 Mar 1 April 15 Jan to 28 Feb
1 April to 31 Aug 1 Sept 15 June to 31 July

•To receive your code in time please apply within these dates.
• You must provide a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts.  Please note if we have not received the code at the start of the new term then you will be responsible for the cost of your child’s sessions.
• You must reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months and you will be reminded of this via email.

Funding for 2 Year Olds
Your 2-year-old child may get 15 hours free 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)

A 2-year-old child may also receive free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order; child arrangements order or adoption order

To claim free childcare for your 2-year-old call the Gloucestershire Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or 0800 542 0202.  If your 2 -year-old child is eligible for funding, you will receive a confirmation email or letter as proof of your entitlement.  The funding will begin the term after their 2nd birthday or on the date of the claim if the claim is made later.  Please provide us with a copy of this confirmation.

Our Administrator will issue you with the Early Years Funding Entitlement Form before the start of the next term, which you must complete and return to us.  It is very important that this form is completed correctly and handed in by the date specified as without it we cannot claim the funding and you will be responsible for your child’s session fees.

Funding Childcare Yourself
You can fund all of your child’s sessions, or you can top up your child’s entitlement.  If you are funding your child’s sessions, then they may start at The Opportunity Centre on the day of their 2nd birthday.

Sessions are billed in advance, 6 times a year at the following times:

  • September
  • October Half Term
  • January
  • February Half Term
  • Easter
  • May Half Term

Invoices must be paid within 7 days and we reserve the right to withdraw your child’s place at the Opportunity Centre if the appropriate funds are not received in full and on time.  We have a moral responsibility not to allow our families to accrue debt and it is very important that you inform us if you think you may struggle to make the appropriate payments.  We will always try to help our families manage any financial difficulties however failure to inform us may lead to us using an outside agency to recover the debt.

Tax Free Childcare
If you get Tax-Free Childcare, the government will pay £2 for every £8 you pay your childcare provider. This is paid via an online childcare account that you set up for your child.  You can get Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as 30 hours free childcare if you are eligible for both.

Please visit www.gov.uk/tax-free-childcare to find out if you are entitled.

Disability Access Funding (DAF)
The Disability Access Fund (DAF) is funding for early years providers to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. It aids access to early years places by supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their settings.

DAF funding is available to our setting if your child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Disability Living Allowance (DLA)is to help with the extra costs of looking after a child who has difficulties walking or requires much more care than a child of the same age who does not have a disability.

For us to claim the DAF funding please provide us with proof of your DLA benefit, usually in the form of correspondence from The Department of Work and Pensions.

Pupil Premium Funding
Pupil Premium Funding is an amount of money additional to the main funding our pre-school setting receives. It is targeted at children from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as children from less disadvantaged families.  This funding goes towards identifying and finding solutions for the specific needs of these children.  We check with Gloucestershire County Council if your child is entitled to this funding by providing your details including your National Insurance number.