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Funding

30 Hours Funding
 
As of September 2017 the Government is now providing 30 hours of nursery funding to families where both parents are working.  
 
You can check whether you are eligible for a range of government childcare offers, including 30 hours, via Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or the Childcare Calculator at https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator. If you may be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare, you will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply.
 
For a more detailed guide to the 30 hours eligibility criteria visit:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/30-hours-free-childcare-eligibility.  You are able to apply for both 30 hours and Tax-Free Childcare at the same time by entering your details once. HMRC will check your eligibility for both schemes at the same time.
 
At the end of the online application process, successful applicants will have a childcare service account where you will be allocated an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ for your child.  You will be asked to take this code, along with your NI number, to pre-school so Little Acorns can have it validated and, if successful, confirm with you your child’s 30 hours funded place. 
 
If you need assistance to apply, or do not have access to the internet, please call the childcare service Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 1234097 to apply over the phone.
 
You will not need to apply through the digital childcare service if you only want to claim the universal 15 hours entitlement for three and four year olds.
 
EYFS Pupil Premium Funding
 
The Government has provided a package of early years pupil support funding money delegated from central Government to schools, based on a number of measures. This is known as Early Years Pupil Premium funding.
 
These measures include eligibility for children whose parents meet certain financial criteria and children who have been looked after in care continuously for more than six months.
 
At Little Acorns Probus Pre-school we are using our pupil premium funding primarily to support narrowing the gap for disadvantaged pupils and supporting them in making better than expected progress in comparison to their peers. The majority of our pupil premium allocation is spent on teaching – providing one-to-one tuition to help individual children raise their attainment, small group teaching support in addition to the class teacher, and in class support.
 
Additionally, funding is provided to enable pupil premium funded pupils to enjoy trips and also extra-curricular activities such as French lessons.