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30 Hours Free Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

The universal entitlement for all 3 and 4 years olds is 15 hours per week for 38 weeks (570 hours) of early education. The extended entitlement provides an additional 15 hours for children where parents are eligible. The 30 hour free childcare extended entitlement is…

30 Hours Free Childcare Frequently Asked Questions

The 30 hour extended entitlement can be confusing and overwhelming for a parent.  Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and find details of additional support.   

Benefits and Grants Calculators

Listed below are links to find what benefits are available and you can use the calculators to find out how much you may be entitled to: Teenage Parent's Benefits Finder Turn2us Benefits and Grants Calculator Entitled to Benefits Calculator Gov.uk - Tax Credits Calculator

Calculating the costs of having a baby

The Money Advice Service has developed a Baby Costs Calculator to enable you to check how much the essentials cost are for you. Their research shows that a baby could cost as much as £7,200 or as little as £1,600 in their first year, excluding childcare: Click…

Childcare support while you study

Financial help avaialble for students with children:

Childcare Vouchers

Unfortunately, the Government closed the Childcare Vouchers scheme to new entrants on 4th October 2018. If you're a parent looking to join Childcare Vouchers for the first time that option is no longer available to you, because the Government launched a new scheme called Tax-Free…

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

The Disability Access Fund is to support access to early years free entitlement places for 3 and 4 year olds. It supports children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The intention of this funding is to support childcare providers in making reasonable adjustments to their…

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is extra government funding that supports children who are 3 and 4 year old in their development, learning and care. The extra funding which is paid to the childcare provider can be used to assist the improvement of a child's early education.…

Facing Financial Hardship - Money Matters

Help is available if you are facing financial hardship.  For more information about support avaiable click the links below: Citizens Advice Bureau Cumbria Law Centre Department for Work and Pensions Money Helper Cost of Living Support  
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