Child Tax Credits
Most families are eligible for some financial assistance through the Child Tax Credit. The amount of the benefit is dependent on a family’s household circumstances and factors such as how many children you have, whether you work, how many hours you work and if you pay for childcare. For further information, please visit www.gov.uk/child-tax-credit.
Full time students with dependent children may be eligible for a childcare grant, subject to income. For further details, please visit www.gov.uk/childcare-grant or, if you are aged under 20, http://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn
Your employer can provide you with childcare vouchers which can be used towards the cost of qualifying childcare. The amount you can receive in childcare vouchers without having to pay tax or NICs will depend on when you joined your employer’s scheme and on the level of pay you receive from your employer.
Further information about childcare vouchers can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk.
When you pay for some of your childcare with vouchers, it may take some time for the payment to be made by your employer or your childcare voucher provider. Therefore, you need to authorise payment of the voucher before your childcare payment is due. Usually five working days is enough but this will depend on the particular voucher scheme.
Contact your employer or the voucher provider for more information. Please ensure that your child’s name and unique nursery reference number are quoted by the voucher company to enable us to allocate the payment to your account.
Please note that regardless of whether your fees are paid in full or in part using childcare vouchers, they are still due in full by the first of the month.
Vouchers received late will be put towards the following month’s fees and any unpaid amounts remaining on your account on the first of the month will be subject to late payment charges. We accept electronic vouchers from most voucher scheme operators, including Edenred, Busy Bees, Computershare, Sodexho, Care4 and Fidelity.
If your employer’s chosen voucher scheme is not listed above, then please email us to find out if we can accept your vouchers before setting up any payments.
Nursery Education Grant
All 3 year old children are eligible for 15 hours of state funded nursery education per week over thirty eight weeks of the year from the beginning of the term following their third birthday. The amount available per child varies from term to term, depending on the number of weeks in a term and government funding. The funding can be accessed through Smilers Nursery and will be automatically deducted from your fees.
2 year old children are also eligible and need to meet certain criteria. Please discuss with the Nursery Manager.