Affordable Childcare

Affordable Childcare

We understand how expensive it is to raise children and we aim to help parents as much as possible when it comes to enjoying affordable childcare.

Making things easier

Family discounts

For families with more than one child attending Carr Manor Nursery, for more than three days/six sessions a week, we offer a 10% discount off the eldest child’s place.

Referral scheme

If you recommend a friend to Carr Manor Nursery who then signs up their child, you will receive £50 off your nursery fees. Please contact the nursery for full terms and conditions.

Free Early Years Entitlement

We offer free childcare and education for two to four-year-olds in line with government guidelines. All children aged three and above currently receive 15 hours of free childcare a week, which is set to increase to 30 hours a week in 2017. Some two year olds are also eligible for free childcare and you can find out more about this on the government’s website, through the council or by giving us a call directly.

Sessions are fully funded for ages three and above, so if your child does these sessions, no additional fees apply.

We offer complete funding flexibility, so you can choose how you use your funded 15 hours a week for the 38 weeks available. You can send your child for additional sessions as you wish.

Eligibility for the Free Early Education Entitlement Funding applies from the first term after your child’s third birthday and lasts until the last term before they begin school.

Childcare Vouchers

Childcare vouchers help working parents with the cost of nursery and are a tax efficient means of funding fees. Under the scheme, each parent can opt to receive up to £243 a month from their employer as a tax-free childcare voucher. In a two-parent family, this equates to £5,382 a year, and offers savings of £1,866 over the course of the year. These are an employer supported benefit currently, which means you can only obtain the vouchers if your employer currently runs a childcare voucher scheme, or is prepared to do so as part of a ‘salary sacrifice’ package.

Childcare Element of Working Tax Credits

Parents may also find that they are eligible to receive government help with childcare costs through the Working Tax Credit System. The amount you would receive if eligible depends on your circumstances, but you must be in paid employment for at least 16 hours per week. The credit can cover as much as 70% of your childcare costs, so it is well worth investigating. You can find out more online:

New Deal for Lone Parents

If you are a lone parent and currently out of work, there is help available through a voluntary programme that offers support towards a secure future, for both you and your children. This scheme applies if you are working fewer than 16 hours a week. You can find out more about this scheme through the JobCentre Plus Office.

Student Support

If you are aged over 20 and studying at college, ask the student support or welfare officer about the Discretionary Learner Fund, which exists to cover a range of costs including childcare. Ask about the Care to Learn Scheme – you can also call the Learner Support Helpline on 0800 1218989. This scheme will offer up to £160 a week per child to cover both travel to and from nursery and care costs themselves.

Talk to us

If you are struggling to meet your nursery fees for any reason, then please come and speak to us in the first instance. Our team is ready to listen and help wherever possible.