The government are increasing the funded childcare hours for 3-5 year olds, from 600 to 1140. Your child is eligible for funding following their 3rd birthday – for some councils this is the term after their 3rd birthday.
From Aug 2020 all 3-5 year olds at all our settings will be entitled to use their increased funded hours with Stramash.
You can use all your funded hours or share them with another setting – we call this a shared or blended placement.
We offer 4 session options. Full day 8:30-5:30, short day 8:30-3:30 or am/pm sessions 8:30-1 and 1-5:30.
This means you have a variety of options to use your funding depending on your needs. Our variety of sessions makes us a really flexible provider but it can sometimes make the maths a bit complicated! We are here to help so just speak to us directly so we can get the right sessions in place for your family.
You are able to use your funded hours Year Round – 48 or 50 weeks (depending on the council) or Term Time only. While we recommend year round due to continuity of care we fully appreciate that for some families term time only is what is required. Your 1140 hours will be divided depending on which you choose. You will receive your full allocation of hours whether they are split term time or year round.
If your required total hours exceeds that of your funded entitlement you will be invoiced and charged the usual hourly private rate. This is clearly laid out in our payments/funding info here https://stramash.org.uk/payment-info-2019/
If you choose a shared placement you can decide how much of your funded allocation you use in each setting. It does not have to be a 50:50 spit – you will usually need to allocate funding for whole sessions (due to staffing and ratios) but with Stramash you can still pick up and drop of fairly flexibly.
If your other setting is not open during the holidays and you choose a 50 week option you are able to allocate more of your funded hours to Stramash during this period to continue your child’s care over the holidays – a great option for working families. Older children can also join in with holiday club!
You can change your funding allocation and sessions (how you spend it & with who) at any time (notice periods may apply at Stramash & other setting) up to a total of 1140 per year (pro rata for those starting after Aug 2020)
For any other questions about 1140 or funding and shared placements with Stramash, speak to your local nursery team or drop us a message via the contact form on the home page.