Early Education and Childcare

Rough Common Pre-School Ltd offers Free Early Education and Childcare for eligible 2, 3 and 4-year-old children. We are able to offer up to 30 hours of funding per week, depending on your entitlement, for 38 weeks per year.

Free Early Education and Childcare apply to the 15-hour entitlement for eligible two-year-olds (The Two-Year-Old Entitlement), the 15-hour entitlement for parents of three and four-year-olds (The Universal Entitlement) and the 30 hours entitlement for working parents of three and four-year-olds (The Extended Entitlement).

Our delivery patterns are set out below and specify how funding can be used at Rough Common Pre-School Ltd. The setting is open for 39 weeks per year, therefore, we reserve the right to close for up to 1 week for staff training and development or alternatively invoice you for the additional hours your child attends over and above their entitlement.

Funding can be used between a maximum of 2 settings provided you are not claiming more than a total of 15 hours (or 30 hours if eligible). Additional hours and sessions will be payable by parents at the advertised fee per session.

Free Early Education and Childcare Delivery Patterns available for eligible 2, 3 and 4-year-olds

  • 3 days x 5 hour sessions per day 8am – 1pm for 38 weeks per year
  • 3 days x 5 & 1⁄2 hour sessions per day 9 am – 2.30 pm for 38 weeks per year This offer uses 5 hours per day from your entitlement and is subject to a conditional charge of £3.00 per day.
  • 2 days x 9-hour sessions per day 8 am – 4.30 pm for 38 weeks per year This offer uses 7.5 hours per day from your entitlement and is subject to a conditional charge of £6.00 per day.
  • 1 & 1⁄2 days x 9-hour session 8 am – 4.30 pm and 6 & 1⁄2 hour session 8 am – 2.30 pm for 38 weeks per year This offer uses 15 hours from your entitlement and is subject to a conditional charge of £3.00.

For children entitled to the extended offer of up to 30 hours per week

  • You are free to use your entitlement however is best suited to your circumstances and ask you to please discuss your preferences with us. You are able to claim up to 30 hours per week at Rough Common Pre-School.

Eligibility

The table below shows when your child may be entitled to the free early education and childcare:

A child born on or between Will become eligible for a free place from
1st April and 31st August Start of the Autumn academic period (terms 1 & 2) in September following their
second or third birthday
1st September and 31st December Start of the Spring academic period (terms 3 & 4) in January following their
second or third birthday
1st January and 31st March Start of the Summer academic period (terms 5&6) in April following their second or third birthday

Three and four-year-old children must attend during the Kent designated headcount week to be able to claim Free Early Education for that academic term.

Late joiners can claim their Free Early Education providing they have moved to Kent from another local authority or they have not claimed their funding at another Kent setting in the academic period. Funding is not able to be transferred to another setting for children leaving part way through a term.

In order to access funding for two-year-olds and the extended offer for three and four-year-olds, you must meet certain eligibility criteria. You are required to provide proof of eligibility in order to claim your funding. Further information about free early education and tax-free childcare can be found on the Childcare Choices Website: childcarechoices.gov.uk.