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Early Years Funding

St Peter's School and Sunnylands Nursery participate in the Early Year's Funding Scheme administered by Northamptonshire County Council on behalf of Government.  

Universal Funding (15 hours per week)

This scheme funds up to 15 hours childcare per week per child.  Children become eligible for Universal funding from the term following their third birthday.  In order to qualify, an eligible child must be registered and attending on the headcount date, which is early in each term.  Children who are not registered and attending on this date may not be able to claim funding until the following term and full nursery fees will be payable.

Each nursery setting may determine the way that the funding is offered.  At Sunnylands Nursery, Universal Funding may be claimed for three hours per day Monday to Friday in the afternoon session, which runs from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. There are a minimum of 5 funded places available each day. The actual number of spaces will be determined by the age and staff ratios required in the nursery at any one time, and the demand for non-funded places.  You will be advised of the availability of the funding when you request or reserve the sessions you require.  For childcare funded only places, a booking of five afternoons per week will be required.  As a fully inclusive Nursery to enable all children to access an early education second to none, fully funded places will incur a nominal consumables charge per day to cover the items used in the nursery.  This is not funded under the scheme and is payable by the parents.  

Extended Funding (the 30 Hours Funding Offer)

Each nursery setting may determine the way that the funding is offered.  At Sunnylands Nursery, the extended 30 Hour funding will be available to parents of children who attend full time nursery being a place of 30 hours per week or more.  Places are subject to availability.

There are a limited number of 30 hour funded places available. The actual number of spaces will be determined by the age and staff ratios required in the nursery at any one time, and the demand for non-funded paid places.  You will be advised of the availability of the funding upon request when you reserve the sessions you require. 

The 30 hour funded hours within the session times will be as follows:

8.30am – 11.30am  and 12.10pm – 3.10pm

An optional chargeable wrap around nursery full day option will be available from 8.00am to 5.45 pm in conjunction with our Early/Late Club which is staffed by nursery staff.  Further details will be provided upon enquiry.

Further information about the requirements of the scheme and how to apply for the 30 hours code etc. may be downloaded in the document below.