Help with fees

Childcare Vouchers

If your employer operates a childcare voucher scheme, you can save up to £933 per year in National Insurance and Income Tax. Childcare Vouchers are being replaced by Tax-Free Childcare which is being phased in from April 2017. Childcare vouchers will remain open to new joiners until April 2018. Parents already using childcare vouchers can continue to do so after this date, as long as the employer continues to offer them. Paying with childcare vouchers is normally a two-step process, your employer deducts the funds from your salary and pays this to the childcare voucher company and then you arrange with the voucher company to pay a registered childcare provider.
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Tax Free Childcare

This is a government scheme which replaces childcare vouchers. Parents must check whether they are eligible and set up an online childcare account via the Government’s Childcare Choices website. The government will top-up the money parents pay into the account. For every £8 paid in, the government will add an extra £2 up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year - that's up to £500 every three months (double this amount is available to parents of disabled children). Parents must then arrange to pay a registered childcare provider from their online childcare account. All Yellow Dot nurseries are registered to receive payments from Tax Free Childcare accounts.
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Funding for 2 Year Olds

Yellow Dot is approved for the 2 Year Old Early Years Education scheme. Eligible 2 year old children receive a government grant for a place for a maximum of 570 hours per year. This can provide 15 hours a week for the 38 weeks during school term, or "stretched" and taken as 11 hours a week over 51 weeks. Parents must apply via the online portal on their local County Council website, this is usually Hampshire County Council.
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Funding for all 3 & 4 Year Olds (15 and 30 Hours)

All children aged 3 and 4 years are entitled to 570 hours per year of grant funding from the start of the grant term after their 3rd birthday, this can be taken as either 15 hours per week for 38 weeks or “stretched” to 11 hours per week for 51 weeks. Yellow Dot also offers the extended entitlement of a further 570 hours per year for eligible children. Parents will need to sign up for the extended entitlement via the Government’s childcare choices website to obtain a “30 hour eligibility code”. Parents are advised to sign up in the term before they wish to claim as there are deadlines for doing this. The deadlines are by 31st August to be able to claim the extended funding in the Autumn term, by 31st December for the Spring term and by 31st March for the Summer term. Parents must also reconfirm their eligibility every 3 months to be able to continue claiming the extended funding.
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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

If your child is 3 or 4 years old and receiving grant funding then their childcare provider could claim an additional £302 per year for each child. Parents are encouraged to apply for EYPP if they are in receipt of certain benefits (Income Support, Income based Jobseekers Allowance, Income related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit) or if the child has been looked after by the Local Authority, been adopted from care or is subject to a Child Arrangements Order. The premium can be spent on supporting the development, learning and care of their child.
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Discounts

We offer a 5% discount for one twin sibling until the age of 3. We also offer a 5% discount for children who attend full time.

Tax Credits and Universal Credit for Childcare

For more information on eligibility and how to claim Tax Credits or Universal Credit for Childcare, please visit the Government’s Childcare Choices website.
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Free Settling In Sessions

Before your child starts at nursery we will invite you to come along for several introductory sessions. This will be an opportunity for you and your child to get to know us, and for us to get to know you. We will go through the Nursery routines and find out about your child's routines, likes and dislikes.

Working Together

We understand that the costs of childcare can be a significant amount of your monthly budget. We encourage parents to talk to us if they are in financial difficulties to see what help we can provide.