Admissions & Fees
Bapchild & Tonge Nursery currently offers the following provisions for 38 weeks a year (term time only):
Universal 15 hours provision
All three and four year old children are entitled to 15 hours of funded Nursery education each week, from the term following their third birthday. Parents do not need to apply for funding, the Nursery will do this on their behalf.
This can be taken across 5 morning sessions, 5 afternoon sessions or a combination of morning and afternoon sessions. If children wish to take morning and afternoon sessions on the same day they have the option to stay for lunch, this is a chargeable service (see below for fees).
Extended 30 hour provision
Eligible parents are entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week. To meet the requirements for this funding:
- Both parents must be working (or the sole parent in a lone parent family is working)
- Each parent must earn, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours (National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage) and less than £100k a year.
Parents must apply for this funding via kent.gov.uk/freechildcare
Children will not be able to access the extended 15 hours of childcare on top of the universal 15 hours of Nursery funding, until parents receive an 11 digit code confirming they are entitled to the ’30 hour’ provision.
Bapchild & Tonge Nursery has a limited number of ’30 hour’ spaces available. They run from 8.45am to 11.45am and 12.15pm - 3.15pm with the option to stay for lunch, this is a chargeable service (see below for fees).
Free For 2 (FF2) provision
Eligible parents are entitled to 15 hours free funding if they are in receipt of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
- child tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:
- are looked after by a local authority
- have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- get Disability Living Allowance
- have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order
Please see the support with fees link above for more information.
Entitlement to a Free Early Education place does not offer a guarantee of a place at any one provider or a particular pattern of delivery.
If a funded day falls on a bank holiday a mutually agreed date can be arranged.
Free Early Education hours, that a child has accessed to date, can be made available upon request.