FAQ

Is my 2 year old child eligible to receive Funding for Early Years Provision?

2 year olds are entitled to receive up to 15 hours free childcare if your family meets one of the following criteria:

– Receive Working Tax credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year

– Child Tax Credit ONLY – income below £16,190

– Receive Income Support

– Receive Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)

– Receive Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

– Receive Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit

– If the child has a current Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan

– If the child attracts Disability Living Allowance

– If the child is looked after by their local authority

– If the child has left care through a Special Guardianship Order or through an Adoption or Residence order

– Receive support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Further information can be obtained from your Health Visitor, local Children’s Centre or Northumberland Families Information Service on 0800 023 4440 or 01670 623563

NOTE: Some areas of Northumberland have a limited number of childcare places available, therefore establishing eligibility does not automatically guarantee a place.

When can I access funding for my 3 year old child?

All 3 year olds can receive up to 15 hours funded childcare per week regardless of their circumstances. The funding is made available for the child in the Term after their 3rd Birthday. Example, a child born in the Spring Term, February for instance, will be unable to access the funding until the Summer Term.

How do I access the funding for my 3 or 4 year old child?

Funding is only available for children if they attend an Ofsted registered setting or childminder that is also registered to receive the grant. At the start of the term your child becomes eligible, and every subsequent term after that, you will be required to fill out a Declaration Form stating the total number of hours you intend to claim.

Can my child’s funding be shared between more than one Ofsted registered setting?

Yes, a maximum of two. The procedure to access the funding is similar to that if you were claiming for just one setting, however, the difference is you must declare the total number of hours your child spends at both settings on the form. Example: Child a attends 10 hours at setting 1 and 5 hours at setting 2, total number of hours declared 15 hours.

Your funding will then be shared between both settings, pro-rated depending on the hours they attend.

Can my child attend a childcare provider for more hours than they are funded for?

Yes, any hours they attend over their funding allocation will be charged for at the Childcare Providers rate and invoiced directly to the family.

What age can my child attend Henry’s Hut?

Henry’s Hut is open for all children aged between 2years and 6 years old.

Does my child need to be potty trained before they start?

No, we have baby changing facilities and only ask for parents to supply us with their preferred choice of nappies for their child.

Do the children play outside?

Yes, at Henry’s Hut we believe very strongly that children benefit greatly from outdoor play. We have an all-weather area and a grassy area, so whatever the season, the children get to go outside.

My child attends the local primary school every morning / afternoon, can Henry’s
Hut provide wrap around care for them?

Henry’s Hut provides a collection and drop-off service for our children and their siblings. We can meet parents in the morning at school and afternoons to collect or hand over children attending our setting. We also collect and drop-off children who attend mornings or afternoons at local schools and bring them back to Henry’s Hut until home time.

What to Wear

There is no uniform at Nursery – we do not believe that this type of clothing is appropriate for the indoor and outdoor activities that we offer.

In order to help the children develop greater independence, we ask that parents;

– Provide indoor shoes that are easy for the children to take off i.e. slippers, doodles crocs etc.

– Dress their children in clothes that are easy to manage when going to the toilet. Trousers with buttons, zips and fasteners can be quite tricky for young children, especially if they’re in a hurry for the toilet.

– Dress their children in “play clothes“, that nobody need worry about. Many of the activities in Nursery are messy and aprons / waterproof clothing do not always keep clothes clean.

The best ‘uniform’ parents could invest in for their child’s nursery year is:
– A few pairs of joggers
– A handful of long sleeved t-shirts
– Jumpers, cardigans or fleeces

– Encourage their children to dress and undress themselves, even though it might take a little longer. We ask that parents let children take off their coats, hang them up and put them on – all by themselves

– Clearly name all items of clothing and bags

Nursery provides a selection of waterproof clothing, fleeces, wellies winter hats and gloves and sun hats for the children to wear when playing outdoors.