Little Squirrels Nursery - Company Message
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Taking reservations for
2018 / 2019 / 2020

Our new opening hours and sessions are as follows:

Mondays / Wednesdays / Thursdays
Morning session 9.00 – 12.00
Lunch Club 12.00 – 1.00
Afternoon session 12.00 – 3.00
All day 9.00 – 3.00

Tuesdays / Fridays
Morning session 9.00 – 12.00
Lunch club 12.00 – 1.00

Are you eligible for a funded place?
FREE means FREE at Little Squirrels Nursery, FREE really does mean FREE!
No top up fees to pay!


Forest school sessions will also be coming to Little Squirrels on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in 2018!



Free hours, am I eligible, what does this mean for me?
We endeavour on answering some of the many questions you may have regarding free hours and what this means for you. We hope this information will enable you to find out what you are entitled to and how Little Squirrels can make this work for you.

Am I entitled to 15 hours free for my two-year-old?
Possibly! Read on…
Financial Criteria:
If your family receives one of the following benefits then your child may be eligible to claim FEET (Free early entitlement for two-year old’s).
Support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
Working Tax Credit and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax
Working Tax Credit 'run-on' – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Automatically funded criteria:
If a child is in one of the groups listed below they will automatically be eligible to claim FEET (Free early entitlement for two-year old’s).
Child who has been adopted or has left care through either a special guardianship or child arrangements order
Child with a statement of special educational needs (SSEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
Once your child has been accepted for FEET they will continue to be funded even if your family does not meet the criteria later.
Ask a Big Squirrel for an application form if you think you might be entitled.

Am I entitled to 15 hours free for my three and four-year-old?
In England, all three and four-year-old children are entitled to up to 15 hours of free childcare for up to 38 weeks a year. You do not need to apply for this. Your child is automatically enrolled for 15 free hours once they reach the eligible age. Should your child already be attending the setting as a fee paying two-year-old they will automatically be funded once they reach eligible age, you do not need to do anything.

Am I entitled to the entire week, 26 hours, morning and afternoon sessions at Little Squirrels, for my three and four-year-old?
The extra free hours will be made available to families where both parents work or the lone parent works in a single parent family. You must be working and earn on average a weekly minimum amount equivalent to working 16 hours at either National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW) and have an income of no more than £100,000 each per year. The eligibility checker has been designed to accommodate parents with fluctuating incomes, such as seasonal workers, those on zero hours and the self-employed. So, you do not need to work 16 hours every week but your earnings over the next 3 months must be equivalent to the amount you would earn if you worked 16 hours a week at either the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW).This currently equates to £120 a week (or £6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or £5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old. You may still be eligible to apply if you or your partner: are taking paid time off work, such as maternity leave, paternity leave or sick leave are temporarily away from England for a period of up to 6 months, such as on military duty. You can also apply if either you or your partner are employed or self-employed and one of you gets one or more of the following benefits: contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, Carer's Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or long-term Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, National Insurance credits because of incapacity or limited capability for work and you've been assessed as having limited capability for work for Universal Credit purposes. Unlike the 15 hours funding and FEET where Little Squirrels claims this on your behalf you will need to register for this scheme online, complete and return the attached form to Little Squirrels. ·        
You can check your eligibility on www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ orwww.gov.uk/childcare-calculator·        
You can apply online at www.childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/par/app/applynow 
If you’re eligible you’ll be given an 11 digit ‘eligibility code’ to give to Little Squirrels. It will usually start with 5000 but some temporary codes may begin 11. Little Squirrels will then ask you to complete and sign a 30 Hours Free Childcare Eligibility Form. This will allow Surrey's Early Education Team to access the Eligibility Checking Service to confirm your eligibility. You will need to reconfirm your eligibility every three months to continue claiming the extra hours. 

Little Squirrels can only offer me 26 hours due to their opening hours, can I use the remaining 4 hours elsewhere?
Yes, you can! If the childcare provider is registered with Ofsted you may claim the 4 hours remaining at another setting. For instance, you could use these hours with a childminder to collect your child from Little Squirrels.

I don’t want or need the 26 hours; can I take less than this but more than the standard 15?
Yes, you can! You may take as many or as few as 16 if you wish. You may take the remainder of the hours at another Ofsted registered setting or not at all, the choice is entirely yours.

My child already attends Little Squirrels, can I register for more hours now?
Yes, you can! Ask a Big Squirrel for a form. You will need to check your eligibility using the suggested sites listed above and supply Little Squirrels with your 11-digit code and complete a 30 hours’ eligibility form. Ask a Big Squirrel for a form.

My child does not yet attend Little Squirrels but I have completed a registration form and paid a deposit for, do I need to do anything else?
Yes and No! If you are happy with your chosen hours and do not wish to amend them then no, you do not have to do anything. If you are eligible for extra hours then yes, check your eligibility using the suggested sites above and complete ask a Big Squirrel for a form. 

My child is entitled to FEET, free early education for two year olds. When can they start at Little Squirrels?
Your child may start at the beginning of the term AFTER their second birthday, providing you have applied for FEET funding and have been sent a letter of acceptance. Should you think you are entitled to FEET after reading the above criteria, please ask a Big Squirrel for a claim form. We have three terms throughout the academic year. Autumn, Spring and Summer. If you are unsure, please email the Head Squirrel.

My child is entitled to 15 hours’ free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds. When can they start Little Squirrels and when can I claim?
Your child may begin at Little Squirrels from the age of two years old, however, you will need to pay fees until the beginning of the term AFTER their third birthday. We have three terms throughout the academic year. Autumn, Spring and Summer. If you are unsure, please email the Head Squirrel.

I am only eligible for 15 hours’ free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds, can I pay for extra hours?
Yes, of course! You may pay for as many extra hours as you wish. This could be a lunch club, an afternoon session or an extra day. The choice is entirely up to you!

My child is entitled to 26 hours’ free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds. When can they start at Little Squirrels?
Your child may begin from the age of two years old, however, you will need to pay fees until the beginning of the term AFTER their third birthday when you can claim the funding. This is providing you have applied for the extra hours funding via the above suggested sites and completed a claim form provided by Little Squirrels. We have three terms throughout the academic year. Autumn, Spring and Summer. If you are unsure, please email the Head Squirrel.  

Forest school plans
Little Squirrels will be sending two members of the Big Squirrels team on Forest school Leadership qualifications. We plan on offering Forest school sessions on Tuesday afternoons in the latter part of 2018. You will not be able to sign up for these sessions at present but watch this space!