Sounique Child Admission Policy for the funded hours only

Sounique child offer the funded 15 and 30 early education hours to children who have joined the setting following their 1st (and before their 2nd) birthday ONLY.  

The early education hours will not be offered or available to those only requiring the free funded hours or those families joining following their child's eligibility in the term following their 3rd birthday.

It is a condition of the offer of a funded place that families enter a private arrangement to cover the cost of consumables, trips, outings, projects and meals.  The daily fee depend on whether the hours making up the funded hours will be taken over 40 weeks for term time only children or 46 weeks for full year attendance and dependent on how many days per week the child attends (maximum 3 days per week).

What is the 15 and 30 Hour Funded hours?

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free  early education or childcare per year. It's usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.

From September 2017, eligible families may be able to get 1140 hours a year or 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year;  25 hours a week for 46 weeks of the year of free  early education and childcare.

More information:

Who will qualify for 30 hours free childcare?

Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:

  • They earn or expect to earn the equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.

  • This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c.£5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old and £56 a week for apprentices in their first year.

  • This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on zero hours contract.

  • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to

    enable them to work.

  • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.

  • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to work.

  • Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months.

  • If one or both parents is a non-EEA national, the parent applying must have recourse to public funds 

Eligibility Checker for Parents

The Childcare Service System has now gone live for parents with children up to the age of 4 (i.e. Date of birth after 31/08/2013). This means that parents wishing to access the 30 hours free childcare entitlement from September 2017, will now be able to apply using the system. Here is a link to the online Childcare Service:

Parents who only want the universal 15 hours free entitlement must not go on the website. This is still an automatic entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds.


Who will NOT qualify for 30 hours free childcare?

A parent will not meet the criteria when:

  • Either parent has an income of more than £100,000

  • If one or both parents is a non-EEA national and the parent applying does not have recourse

    to public funds