Understanding the cost of day care, and what type of funding you are eligible for shouldn’t be confusing. That’s why we’ve put together this page to help.

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Childcare funding for 2 year olds

If you have a 2 year old, there may be funding available to help with childcare costs; our Q&A below will provide you with details.

For any further details, pop into your local Tops or find out more by reading our blog post.

Who can apply?

A parent or carer can apply if they receive at least one of the following:

  • Income support;
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credits and and income of less than £16,190;
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • The guarantee element of the State Pension Credit;
  • Children looked after by the local authority may also be eligible.

For those who live in Bournemouth, the criteria is even broader. If you live in Bournemouth and are eligible for any of the following, you may be eligible for up to 15 hours of funding:

  • Free school meals;
  • Working Tax Credits and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year;
  • Current statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care plan;
  • Disability Living Allowance;
  • Looked after by the LA;
  • Have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order.

Childcare funding for 3 and 4 year olds

If you have a 3 or 4 year old, there is funding available to help with childcare costs; our Q&A below will provide you with details.

For any further details, pop into your local Tops or find out more by reading our blog post.

When can my child start claiming the 3 and 4 year funding?

All 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 funded hours per week, following the term after their third birthday.

Eligible children can also claim up to 30 funded hours. Find out if you are eligible by clicking here to view the criteria provided by the Department of Education.

What makes Tops different?

Flexibility

With opening hours from 6am-8pm including bank holidays, means we are here when you need us. Offering childcare with 15-minute intervals, so you only pay for the childcare you need.

The Environments

Each Tops Day Nursery has a rich and vibrant environment, custom-built to encourage your children's safe exploration, learning and discovery.

Caring

At Tops, all children have a key person responsible for every aspect of their ongoing development.

How Tops makes a difference