Childcare funding

 Information for September 2017

Dear Parents / carers,

Eligibility for 3-4 years funding

The 30 hours funding is made up of an original 15 hours offered to all children the term after their third birthday. The second 15 hours will be dependent on a family’s eligibility.

If you think you are eligible for the 30 hours funding, please apply as soon as possible using the HMRC website – We recently posted the link on our facebook and website pages– it allows you to enter as a parent and asks questions relating to you / family & income. 

If found eligible you will receive a confirmation email which we will need to see and photocopy for our records.

We will also need to see photo ID information from parents.

With regards to the original 15 hours of funding – It is every child’s right to have 15 hours funding and there is no need to apply, we usually give you a form to complete and hand back to us.

Your 30 hours can be shared between 2 providers’ e.g. nursery / childminder if you so wish.

The Sefton payment for funded hours is significantly less than our normal hourly rate, the rate will be frozen until at least 2020 and providers are not allowed to charge a “top up fee”, due to this we will be reviewing our fees after January when the first term of 30 hours has passed.  What the government is allowing us to do is charge for “consumables” or “extra’s” as they are calling them.

This is something we have looked at and if deemed necessary will be implemented at a later stage.

The government has led us to believe that they are offering 30 hours of “Free” childcare.  In practice, it means childcare providers must find their own way to make up the shortfall between the funding and the actual cost of providing quality childcare without penalizing families who are not entitled to the offer.

Many childcare providers across the country are refusing to offer the 30 hours, but Pine Pixies is going to offer it when fully rolled out in September 2017.

When you confirm your eligibility for funding please let us know as soon as is possible. 

Once you have confirmed funded hours for the term they may not be able to be changed.

Your input and feedback into the proposed new changes is greatly valued and appreciated, please let me know your honest opinions or any ideas you may have to make this “new” system work for everyone involved.

This is all new ground for childcare providers and the council are imposing so many regulations on the funded hours, that it has been very difficult for providers  to keep as much of this as simple as possible.

Parents who claim funding will need to make the decision over which provider (if they use more than one) they are claiming which 15 hours from. This is because certain added funding is available for providers on one set of funding and not the other; also parents may not always be eligible for the second amount of funding which may affect their childcare place at a setting.

As always if you have any questions / queries or concerns – please feel free to speak with us at any point or arrange a time suitable. We may need some time to find answers to your questions so please bear with us. You can always email Catherine on with any questions.

Kind regards

Pine Pixies Pre-School team

Telephone numbers: 

Setting landline: 833039   Setting mobile:07522011524

Owner/Registered Person: 01704 571920

Sessions and charges from September 2017

Due to the need to open for 30 hours our new sessions are below.

Monday to Friday term time only (38 weeks per year)

Full day (6 hours) 9am-3pm

Half day (3 hours) 9am-12 noon or 12 noon-3pm

9-1pm (4 hours)

Fees for all hours not covered by a grant will be:

Full day (6 hours) 9am-3pm   £39

Half day (3 hours) 9am-12 noon or 12 noon-3pm   £19.50

9-1pm (4 hours)   £26

Funding available:

·       Two Year Old Offer

·        Free Early Years Entitlement which offers all 3 and 4 year old children up to 15 hours per week of free early education for 38 weeks of the year.

·       An  additional 15 hours of free childcare for families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone-parent family), and each parent earns the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum or living wage, and earns less than £100,000 a year.

Please see our website and Facebook page for the links on how to find out if your child is eligible.

or follow this link:

More information here on the campaign for better childcare funding: