Childcare funding

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. 

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.  What the government is allowing us to do is charge for “consumables” or “extra’s” as they are calling them.

The government has led us all 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. 


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.


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

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: