Affordable Childcare

We appreciate that childcare can put a struggle on mums and dad’s bank balances which is why we try and help you as much as you can. From our caring qualified staff through to the best stimulating resources we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality childcare and are happy to advise you on Government and Employer initiatives available to make The Co-operative Childcare an affordable option for all parents and carers.3 - 5 Year 

3 - 5 Year Funding

  • Children aged 3 and over may benefit from Nursery Education Funding the term after their 3rd birthday. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). Children falling into this age bracket are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year. At The Co-Operative Childcare we now offer stretched funding this entitles your child to receive 10.96 hours a week of free childcare for 52 weeks of the year meaning you don’t lose out during theholidays. The amount of the grant will depend upon the number of sessions attended per week but parents are not required to pay any charges or purchase additional sessions or services if they just wish to access the free entitlement. All free hours are deducted from invoices. Due to the Local Education Authority policy we are unable to invoice the free hours as a monetary value. Please speak to the nursery manager with any questions regarding funding.

Free Childcare for 2 Year Olds

  • Some 2-year-olds in England can get free childcare for either:
    -  10.96 hours per week over 1 year or
    - 15 hours per week over 38 weeks in selected settings
  • We have places available at most nurseries, please check with your local nursery. Call us on 0800 954 0669 or email for more information.

    *Parents are not required to pay any charges or purchase additional sessions or services if they just wish to access the free entitlement.

Childcare vouchers

  • Some employers offer a childcare allowance or vouchers as part of a ‘salary sacrifice’ scheme to make childcare more affordable for working parents. Childcare Vouchers are a government-initiated scheme available from employers for working parents to use to pay their childcare costs for children up to the age of 16.
  • Parents are able to request up to £243 per month to be deducted from their salary in exchange for vouchers to use against their childcare costs. As Childcare Vouchers do not attract tax and National Insurance contributions, working parents can save up to £933 per year, or nearly £2000 a year if both parents in a household are part of a scheme.
  • It is worth asking your line manager, personnel or human resources department whether your employer runs a scheme like this. If your employer is not currently offering childcare vouchers, or the scheme they are offering is not meeting your requirements, please contact Co-operative Employee Benefits with details of the best person to speak to and they will do the rest!
  • Call: 0800 458 7929
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Tax Credits

  • If you have a child, you may be able to get Child Tax Credit to help with the cost of looking after them. If you are on a low income, you may also qualify for Working Tax Credit. This could mean getting back up to 80 per cent of your childcare costs up to a limit of £140 a week for one child and £240 a week for two children. You need to use a registered or approved childcare provider such as The Co-operative Childcare for this to apply.

New Deal for Lone Parents

  • Lone parents who are out of work can get help through a government programme called New Deal for Lone Parents. A voluntary programme, it offers a package of support to help you move towards a more secure future for you and your children. You can join New Deal for Lone Parents if you are bringing up children as a lone parent, if your youngest child is under 16 years old and you are not working, or working less than 16 hours per week. Further information is available through your local Jobcentre Plus office.

Student Support

  • If you’re in further education you may be able to get extra financial help. This could come through the Care to Learn Scheme (for students under 20) or through Learner Support Funds. There's also a scheme providing help with childcare costs for sixth form students aged 20 or over.
  • As a higher education student, you may be eligible for extra help on top of any standard student loans or grants you get. This could include a bursary, Child Tax Credit, Childcare Grant or help from the Access to Learning Fund.Money may also be available through educational trusts or charities. Ask your student welfare adviser or LA for advice.
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