Help & Fees

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.

Free Funding For 2 Year Olds

Why free funding for 2 year olds?
The government provides funding for all 3 and 4-year-old children and some 2-year-olds to attend early years provision for 570 hours per year.

The scheme aims to offer flexible, free childcare places to improve children’s learning and development.
What could your child be entitled to?
Eligible 2 year funded children are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks or equivalent number of hours across more weeks per year.
When does my child qualify for a free place?
Children are eligible to receive free Early Year’s Education Funding from the start of the term after their 2nd birthday for a maximum of three funding periods.

Parents/carers cannot apply before the start of the funding period in which the child’s second birthday occurs.

Once approved the entitlement to 2 year old funding lasts until they go on to the Early Years Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds even if your financial circumstances change.

A child born between Can access childcare from
1 April & 31 August Autumn Term
1 September & 31 December Spring Term
1 January & 31 March Summer Term
Do I qualify for 2 year funding?
You can qualify if one parent or carer is receiving one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Universal Credit
  • Tax credits and has an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Or

A 2-year-old can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • They are looked after by a local authority
  • They have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • They get Disability Living Allowance
  • They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

Parents must check their eligibility for the entitlement to Early Years Education Funding for their 2-year-old. Parents will need their National Insurance number, date of birth, name and child’s details. Eligibility can be checked online (www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs) or you can call 0345 155 1013.
How can I use my 2 year funding?
  • This can only be used with a registered childcare provider judged good or outstanding by OFSTED. Our new nurseries not yet OFSTED inspected are registered.
  • Government has limited session times between 7am – 7pm.
  • The government has restricted funded hours to a maximum of 10 funded hours per day and a minimum of 2.5 hours a day to protect children’s wellbeing and support a positive early education experience.
  • The funded hours can be split between a maximum of two childcare providers (for example a pre-school and a nursery)
  • Funded hours can be stretched through the year (up to 52 weeks) and not just restricted to 38 weeks
Speak to your nursery manager to understand nursery opening hours and how this entitlement is being implemented at your setting.
What are the benefits of stretch funding?
  • Your child will receive consistent care and early years education throughout the year
  • It will allow you to balance work or other commitments
  • It will assist you to budget consistently throughout the calendar year
  • It will allow us to retain practitioners through the holidays
How can I register?
  • If you are eligible, you should have received a letter from the local authority informing you of this, simply take this to your nursery manager who will help you with the next steps to take.
  • If you feel you are eligible and have not received a letter, you can use the Childcare Calculator
Or

Your nursery manager will either give you the number to call or contact the local authority with you to assist you in this process. You will need the following information:

o Your name
o Address
o DOB
o Name of child and details
o National Insurance Number


  • You should be informed immediately during this conversation if you are eligible and will be issued with a reference number, this will be followed up in writing.
  • You will then need to complete a declaration with your nursery manager, during which you will agree a start date and sessions (subject to availability)
Other important information!
Please do not cancel your direct debit until notified to do so by your nursery manager to avoid unnecessary charges. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

If you are no longer eligible, you must ensure that you inform us and ensure that childcare fees are paid in full on the 1st of the month.

For more information about your free grant funded place please speak to your nursery manager who will be more than happy to complete the forms with you to access your free funding.
Useful information....
You can use the Childcare Calculator to see if you are eligible and would be better off with extended entitlement by going to www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator.

You can get more information about free childcare and early years education from your local council:

Find free early education


Benefits for Families

Care to Learn

Childcare Grant

For additional information - head to www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/families

Finally...

Children with special educational needs and disabilities
Disability Living Allowance for children

Free early learning for three and four year olds - 30 Hours Funding

Why is early learning so important for your child?
Research suggest early learning gives children the best start in life. Through learning and playing with other children in a safe and structured environment, they'll have a head start when they begin school.
What is your child entitled to?
All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks or stretched for the equivalent number of hours across more weeks per year. This is a universal entitlement for all children and applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday).
When does my child qualify for a free place?
Children will qualify for a free early education place the term after their third birthday.

If your child is born between:

They are eligible for a free place from:

1 April and 31 August

Start of Autumn term after their third birthday until they go to school

1 September and 31 December

Start of Spring term after their third birthday until they go to school

1 January and 31 March

Start of Summer term after their third birthday until they go to school

For more information about your free early education place please speak to your Nursery Manager who will be more than happy to complete the forms with you to access your free funding.

Where can I use the funding?
Your child can access their free entitlement at Ofsted registered childcare settings.
NEW extended free entitlement for three and four year olds (30 hours) from September 2017
The 15 hours extended free childcare entitlement for working parents of three and four year olds is a new government scheme to help families by reducing the cost of childcare.

It will support parents into work or to work more hours should they wish to do so.

This is in addition to the existing 15 hours of free early education, which is available to all three and four year olds.



Eligible

Hours over 38 weeks

Total hours per year

Universal Funding

All 3 and 4 year olds 15 hours 570

Extended free entitlement

Detailed in the next section

15 hours 570

Total

30 hours 1140
Do I qualify for the extended entitlement?
You can apply for the extended free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds if:

  • You and your partner (or the sole parent in a lone parent family), are in work with each parents earning, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) and not more than £100,000 or more for at least one parent per household per year.
  • This includes self-employed parents and those parents on zero contracted hours who meet the criteria

The government intends that the additional entitlement should be available in the following circumstances:

  • Both parents are employed but on or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental leave or adoption leave
  • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay
  • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
  • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits
How can I use my extended entitlement?
This can only be used with a registered childcare provider.

  • Government has limited session times between 6am - 8pm
  • The government has restricted funded hours to a maximum of 10 funded hours per day to protect children's wellbeing and support a positive early education experience.
  • The funded hours can be split between a maximum of two childcare providers (for example a pre-school and a nursery)
  • Funded hours can be stretched throughout the year (up to 52 weeks) and not just restricted to 38 weeks
Speak to your nursery manager to understand nursery opening hours and how this entitlement is being implemented at your setting.
What are the benefits of stretched funding?
  • Your child will receive consistent care and early years education throughout the year
  • It will allow you to balance work or other commitments
  • It will assist you to budget consistently throughout the calendar year
  • It will allow for continuity of practitioners through the holidays
First steps...
  • Use the Childcare Calculator to see if you could qualify for the extended free entitlement
  • Select "keep me updated" in the Childcare Calculator to ensure you receive extended free entitlement updates
  • You will receive an email informing you when you can sign up to 30 hours
Next steps...
Once you've successfully applied for the extended free entitlement....

  • You will receive a letter confirming your free entitlement from HM government informing you of your eligibility code for each child
  • You need to take your eligibility code along with your National Insurance Number and your child's DOB to your nursery manager
  • Sign the parent declaration form given to you by your nursery manager
How do I reconfirm my eligibility?
Every three months you will receive a reminder to reconfirm your eligibility, simply tick the box to confirm that you detail have not changed.
If you do not reconfirm your eligibility, then you will longer receive the extended entitlement.
What if I am no longer eligible - is there are grace period?
Please remember the government believes it is right to ensure that there will be a short grace period for families whose circumstances change. This will give parents the opportunity to regain employment ensuring your child will receive continuity of throughout this period.
Can I apply for both Tax Free Childcare and the extended entitlement?
Yes! Parents will be able to apply for both Tax Free Childcare and the extended entitlement through a joint application developed by HMRC.
Other important information!
Please do not cancel your direct debit until notified to do so by your nursery manager to avoid unnecessary charges, refer to the terms and conditions for further details. If you are no longer eligible, you must ensure that you inform us and ensure that childcare fees are paid in full on the 1st of the month.

Childcare vouchers for working parents

Benefits to our parents

Working parents can benefit from significant tax and NI savings of up to £933 per year using childcare vouchers, and up to double the amount if both parents are part of a childcare vouchers scheme.

To benefit from the scheme, parents simply exchange a part of their salary for the same amount of childcare vouchers and use them to pay their childcare fees.

Each parent can request up to £243 a month – or £55 per week – in childcare vouchers; this value is non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions.

Speak to your employer to find out if they currently offer childcare vouchers; if not ask them to get in touch with a voucher provider today!

Benefits to your employers

Having a childcare voucher scheme at your work place can save both you and your employers costs as well as improve staff morale and flexibility.

At Happy Days we recognise the majority of childcare vouchers that are presented to us by our parents; to check your voucher is accepted at Happy Days please speak to your Nursery Manager or call our Accounts team on 0800 7833 431.

Tax Free Childcare - we're ready!

Tax Free Childcare

What is Tax-Free Childcare?
Tax Free childcare is a new government scheme introduced to help your family with the cost of childcare and will support you into work or to increase your hours at work, should you wish to.
What could I be entitled to?
You could get up to £2,000 government support per child per year, (a maximum of £500 per child per quarter) towards your childcare costs.
How do I pay my childcare fees?
If you choose Tax-Free Childcare as a payment method, you will be able to open an online Childcare Account for each of your children. For every £8 you pay into your Childcare Account(s), the government will automatically pay in an extra £2. You can use this money to pay your childcare fees.

Do I qualify?
You can apply for Tax-Free Childcare if:
  • You and your partner (or the sole parent in a lone-parent family), are in work with each parent earning, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW) and not more than £100,000 or more for at least one parent per household per year.
  • Your child is less than 12 years old (or less than 17 years old if they are disabled)
  • The child you are applying for usually lives with you
  • You work in the UK (if you’re a Crown servant or member of the HM Armed Forces posted overseas you can still get Tax-Free Childcare if your childcare provider is UK regulated)
I am self-employed, do I qualify?
You are entitled to a start-up period during your first 12 months of self-employment. During this time, you don’t have to earn the minimum £115 a week to be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare.
Can I use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as receiving other government schemes?
You cannot use Tax-Free Childcare at the same time as receiving vouchers, Universal Credit or Tax Credits.
First Step!
  • Use the Childcare Calculator to see if you qualify for Tax-Free Childcare
  • Select “keep me updated” in the Childcare Calculator to ensure you receive Tax-Fee Childcare updates
  • You will receive an email informing you when you can sign up to Tax-Free Childcare
  • You will need to set up a Tax-Free Childcare account
  • Once you set up your Childcare account, you will receive a welcome pack
Next Step!
Once you’ve successfully applied for your online account, you;
  • Can set up payments from your bank to your childcare account which will receive the government top up
  • Set up payments to your registered childcare provider(s)
  • Will receive a BACS reference number per child which you must provide to us in order for us to allocate payments against your childcare fees
You and others can pay into your childcare account as and when you like. How much you pay into your Childcare Account, and when, is up to you. You can make one-off payments or set-up a standing order to make regular payments into your Childcare Account.
How do I reconfirm my eligibility?
Every 3 months, you will receive a reminder to reconfirm your eligibility, simply tick the box to confirm that your details have not changed.

If you do not reconfirm your eligibility, you will no longer receive government top ups until you do so.
Can I withdraw money from the account?
If your circumstances change or you no longer want to pay into the account, then you’ll be able to withdraw the money you have built up. If you do, the government will withdraw its corresponding contribution.
Can I apply for both Tax Free Childcare and the extended entitlement?
Yes! Parents will be able to apply for both Tax Free Childcare and the extended entitlement through a joint application developed by HMRC.
Other important information!
When setting up your childcare payments to Happy Days, please ensure that payments are set up on or before the 1st of the month for the outstanding fees.

Please do not cancel your direct debit until notified to do so by your nursery manager to avoid unnecessary charges, as detailed in your Terms and Conditions.

If you are no longer eligible, you must ensure that you inform us and ensure that childcare fees are paid in full on the 1st of the month by an alternative method.
Useful Information......
You can use the Childcare Calculator to see if you are eligible and would benefit from Tax Free Childcare by going to:
www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator

If you want to opt into Tax-Free Childcare and are currently receiving other support or benefits, you may need to take action:

  • If you are getting childcare vouchers, you will need to tell your employer that you no longer want them
  • If you are getting Universal Credit, you will need to ask Jobcentre Plus to terminate your claim
  • If you are getting tax credits, your payments will automatically stop when you get Tax-Free Childcare
For more information about Tax-Free Childcare as a parent, go to www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-freechildcare-
10- things-parents-should-know

For any other enquiries, please call the Childcare Service Helpline on 0300 123 4097

Tax Credits

What are Tax Credits?
Nine out of ten families with children qualify for tax credits; the amount you receive will depend on your circumstances.

Tax credits are payments from the government. If you're responsible for at least one child or young person, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit. If you work but aren’t on a low income, you may qualify for Working Family Tax Credit. You can often get both types of tax credits. They are not taxable.

There are two types of tax credits:

- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit is based on the hours you work and get paid for, or expect to be paid for. You can claim whether you’re an employee or self-employed person. Unpaid work doesn’t count for Working Tax Credit.

Child Tax Credit

Child Tax Credit is paid to you if you are responsible for at least one child or young person who normally lives with you. You don’t have to be working to claim Child Tax Credit.

How much do I get?

The amount of tax credits you get depends on things like:

  • How many children you have living with you.
  • If you live with someone as a couple.
  • Whether you work – and how many hours you work.
  • If you pay childcare.
  • If you or any child living with you has a disability.
  • If you’re aged 50 or over and are coming off benefits.

Your payments also depend on your income. The lower your income, the more tax credits you can get.

What are the income limits for getting tax credits?

The total annual income limits that generally apply before tax credits are reduced or stopped all together are as follows:

  • If you have children it is £41,300
  • If you’re single without children it is £12,900
  • If you’re in a couple without children it is £17,700
It’s important to know that:

These income limits don’t apply to everyone – for example if you have a large family and pay a lot in childcare, or have a disability, the income limit could be higher.

You need to make a claim to get a definite answer to how much you are entitled to.

You can get a better idea of how much income you can have before your tax credits are reduced or stopped by visiting www.hmrc.gov.uk or call the Tax Credit Helpline on 0845 300 3900.

Help for Students

What help can I get...

If you’re in further education you may be able to get extra financial help. This could come through the ‘Care to Learn’ Scheme (for students under 20) or through Learner’s Support Funds. There is also a scheme providing help with childcare costs for sixth form students aged 20 or over.

As a higher education student, you may be eligible for extra help on top of any standard student loans or grants you get. This could include a bursary, Child Tax Credit or childcare vouchers.

You may also be eligible for a grant or help from the Access to Learning Fund.

Money may also be available through educational trusts or charities. Ask your student welfare adviser or Local Authority for advice.

Discounts and Promotions at Happy Days

Free Settling Sessions

At Happy Days every child is offered a number of free settling sessions to help them and you become familiar with the nursery/pre-school and our staff. The number of sessions will depend on you and your child and how much time you both need to feel comfortable and confident in the nursery/pre-school surroundings. We recommend a minimum of three be taken by every family but are more than happy to accommodate more to meet your individual needs.

Recommend a Friend

If you introduce a friend to a Happy Days nursery/pre-school who subsequently books a place for their child, you will receive up to £100 cash. Simply hand the voucher to your friend and ask them to complete and return this to the Nursery Manager.

Your friend must have registered their child and attended the setting for one month for you to qualify for your cash payment.

Should you need any more vouchers simply speak to your Nursery Manager. Terms and conditions apply – see voucher for details.

For more information to Recommend a Friend >

Sibling Discounts

Sibling discounts are available at most settings. Please ask your Nursery Manager for details.

Employer Discounts


Happy Days is pleased to be able to offer the following employer discounts on a setting-by setting basis:

5% discount if you are an employee of the NHS (available in some Devon and Cornwall nurseries/pre-schools)
5% discount if you are an employee of Devon & Cornwall Police (Exeter nursery/pre-school only)
5% discount if you are an employee of South West Water (Exeter nursery/pre-school only)
5% discount if you are an employee of Smart Stream Technologies (Bristol nurseries/pre-schools only)
5% discount if you are an employee of the MOD (Bristol nurseries/pre-schools, Treloggan and Summercourt only)
5% discount if you are an employee of Rolls Royce (Bristol nurseries/pre-schools only)

Simply provide the Nursery Manager with proof of employment with the above employers. Please note that Happy Days reserves the right to cease discounts without prior notice.

Student Discount

Please speak to your Nursery Manager to see what might be available to you.

Methods of payment

Direct Debit simply takes the hassle out of the monthly childcare fees. At Happy Days we charge all parents an equal monthly payment over the year, so parents know exacty what to expect to pay out of their bank account.

A child’s normal booking pattern will form the basis of calculation for the equal monthly charges based over an annual 50-week period. The fees payable by the parent are calculated by taking the child’s weekly attendance fee, multiplying the same by 50, and dividing by 12 to give a monthly payment which is required in advance by Direct Debit.

Any additional sessions that you wish to purchase will be charged at the setting's sessional rate.

See Terms & Conditions page

Facebook Promotions

Every month, we select at random one winner who has "liked" our page. The winner receives, by email, a £50 Amazon e-voucher within 2 weeks of being informed via Facebook that they have won the promotion. If the person selected does not reply within 2 weeks of being informed, another winner will be selected at random. There is no cash alternative. This promotion does not have a connection with Facebook or Amazon in any way and is not sponsored, supported or organised by Facebook or Amazon. This promotion is not open to employees of Happy Days. Happy Days reserves the right to stop this promotion at any point without notice.