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Grants & Schemes

Nursery Grants

Free entitlement funding is available for all 3 and 4 year olds (from the term after their 3rd birthday until they attend school) and for eligible two year olds (from the term after their 2nd birthday until they are eligible for the universal three year old free entitlement). Children can access up to 15 hours of funding for up to 38 weeks which is 570 hours of funding per year provided that:


  • No more than 10 hours to be claimer per day

  • No less than 2.5 hours to be claimed per day

  • No funding claimed before 7:00am or after 7:00pm

Sharing funding between settings

Funding can be split between a maximum of 2 settings providing that the maximum entitlement for the number of hours of funding is not exceeded between the two settings.


Stretched Funding

Rainbow Corner Nursery School offers stretched funding. This is where the funding can be offered across the whole year, which is known as ‘stretched’ funding. For example, the funding of 15 hours over 38 weeks, i.e. 570 hours can be offered over 51 weeks of the year to cover school holidays. This would equate to 11 funded hours per week.


Benefits of the Stretched Offer to Parents

Children attending all year round for less than 15 hours per week can access all of their funding. It provides more consistent childcare costs for parents who pay for holiday care/additional hours.


2 Year Old Funding

If your child is 2 years old and you’re in receipt of certain benefits- you may be entitled to some free childcare!

Who can apply?

All two year-olds who meet any one of the following criteria will be eligible.
If their families receive:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • Working Tax Credits and earn no more than £16,190 a year

  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual incomenot over £16,190

  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when youstop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

    • A child will also be eligible if any of the following apply:


      • They have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or aneducation, health and care plan

      • They get Disability Living Allowance

      • They are looked after by their local authority

      • They’ve been adopted from local authority care

      • They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or residence order

      How much childcare is available?

      If eligible, your child will receive up to 15 hours of childcare per week, for up to 38 weeks of the year (570 hours). Under our stretched funding offer, we can offer these hours over 51 weeks of the year at 11 hours per week.

      When could my child start?

      If you receive a place, your child can start their free childcare the term after their 2nd birthday. Funding will continue until your child becomes eligible for free early education the term after their third birthday.

      How do I apply?

      Click here for the application form

      Childcare Vouchers

      Rainbow Corner Nursery School accepts all recognised childcare vouchers as way of part payment of fees. If your employer operates a childcare voucher scheme, you can save National Insurance and Income Tax.

      Child Tax Credit

      Nine out of ten families with children qualify for tax credits from the government. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances. The childcare element of Working Tax Credit is aimed at helping working parents with the cost of registered and approved childcare. For more information on tax credits please contact 08453 003900.



      Some More Testimonials

      "Nyah has been very happy with every aspect of this nursery and Nyah’s improvement and development has been brilliant. We had concerns about putting her in nursery but the care and love she was showed put us perfectly at ease. We feel very comfortable that she is not only learning but being truly cared for as well."

      Stephen Philbrick, 30th July 2013


      "I'm very proud to say that our beautiful baby daughter has grown into an independent, intelligent & fun-loving little girl. Erin has really loved being at Rainbow Corner and in particular the Butterfly group. She has loved learning a lot of new things both academically and physically and I can surely say that Erin has come on leaps and bounds. A big thank you to Becky, Linda and Jade for helping us and Erin become the confident happy parent and child that we are. Also, knowing that the staff are always so approachable with any issues we may have."

      Jan Coit, 9th April 2012


      "We have been very happy with Eliza's progress in the Butterflies class. She clearly enjoys it and the activities that go on. We feel that her needs are individually catered for which has allowed her to progress and achieve. We find all the staff knowledgeable and able to give us any information needed. We certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend Rainbow Corner to our friends. Thank you!"

      Rosie Sharp, 29th March 2012