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Bream Early Learners, an inclusive and friendly setting. We believe all children from aged 2 years old and upwards should have equal access to quality childcare provision, which is good value for money, regardless of social or economic circumstances.

As a non-profit making organisation we can therefore offer excellent preschool childcare at very affordable prices. The fees pay our staff and premises costs.

Bream Early Learners session fees
 
Age of Child Price per 3 Hour Session
2 years £16.50
Term after 3rd Birthday £13.50 for sessions above the 15 Hours free entitlement per week.

The fee is charged as above including absences and holidays taken during term time. We do not charge during school holidays.

Fees are charged one month in advance and should be paid on receipt of invoice. If payment is not received then regrettably your child will not be able to attend the sessions. Receipts will be issued upon request. 

If at any point you are beginning to struggle with paying your child’s fees please contact the manager or the administrator as soon as possible so that they can help with the situation and offer advice.

A definite number of sessions must be agreed in advance. Three weeks written notice is required if you wish to remove your child from the register. You will remain liable for all fees during the notice period. If your child is absent for more than three weeks without notification their name may be removed from the register.

Funding for 2 year olds
 

Do you have a 2-year-old? Is your family on a low income?

You could be entitled to 15 hours a week of FREE early learning childcare. Funded free early years places are available for a number of two year old children from the term after their 2nd birthday, for up to 15 hours a week.

By taking up a funded place, your child will be in an environment where qualified staff will care for children of all abilities, encouraging learning through being creative, playing and exploring, which will continue to develop their skills to be ready for school.

What is my child entitled to?

If funding is available your child is entitled to have up to 15 hours a week (570 hours in a year). You will be able to use these hours during the school term up to 38 weeks.

How do I know if my child is entitled to a funded free place?

The eligibility criteria which must be met to access the free nursery education entitlement for 2 year olds is as follows:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

If you think you could be entitled, you need to call:

Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or FREEPHONE 0800 54202 02 (calls to this number from a mobile may be charged at a higher rate). You will need to have your National Insurance Number to hand.

If your child is eligible for funding, the Family Information Service will provide you with a letter of confirmation that you can present to your chosen childcare provider. If you take up more than the 15 hours entitlement you will be charged for these additional hours.

When will my child be eligible?

If you meet the criteria you will be entitled to a free place from the term following your child’s 2nd birthday, for example

  • If your child is born between 1 April and 31 August, they will be eligible for a free place from 1 September following their 2nd birthday
  • If your child is born between 1 September and 31 December, they will be eligible for a free place from 1 January following their 2nd birthday
  • If your child is born between 1 January and 31 March, they will be eligible for a free place from 1 April following their 2ndbirthday

What will happen when my child becomes 3?

When your child becomes 3, they will continue to be entitled to 15 hours free funded nursery education a week (570 hours in a year) until they start school. You will be able to take up these hours during the school term up to 38 weeks.

For more information about the Funded Free Early Years Places for 3 and 4 year olds, please refer to the Free for 3 & 4 website www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/extra/free3and4

Childcare Choices
 

You can now find a straightforward explanation of all government childcare support on the new Childcare Choices website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Childcare Choices brings all the government childcare offers together for the first time, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where you can find out more.

Using the website’s Childcare Calculator, you can quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family: www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

Additional 15 hours funding
 

The Government now provide an additional 15 hours per week of free childcare funding for working parents. All 3 and 4 year old children receive 15 hours free funding a week. Funding is available if:

  • Both parents are working, or one parent/carer in the case of single parent families.
  • Parents are on zero contract hours but meet the minimum pay requirement below.
  • Each parent earns more than 16 hours a week at the National Living Wage or at the National Minimum Wage.
  • Each parent earns less than £100k per year (£200k per household)

The funding is designed to help working parents and carers or those getting back into work and will allow you 1,140 hours of care a year.

If you think you may be eligible to claim the additional hours and are considering sending your child to Bream Early Learners we are happy to talk through how our new opening hours might help you.  Please ring Estelle on 01594 564535 or Derek on 07437877648.

Nursery Education funding
 

The Local Education Authority (Gloucestershire County Council) provides a Nursery Education Grant. This is available for children in the term after they become 3 years old. The scheme currently covers 38 weeks per year. All childcare providers have the right to claim the Nursery Education Grant. Parents cannot choose which provider gets the grant. Children eligible for funding can claim up to 15 hours per week for a maximum of 38 weeks each academic year (1 x 14 week term and 2 x 12 week terms). If you would like further information there is a leaflet available – please ask a member of staff from Bream Early Learners.

A child born between: Will be eligible for a free place from:
1st January and 31st March The start of Terms 5 & 6 (Summer Term, usually in April) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.
1st April and 31st August The start of Terms 1 & 2 (Autumn Term, usually in September) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.
1st September and 31st December The start of Terms 3 & 4 (Spring Term, usually in January) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.