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Coming Events at Headingley Montessori
Coming Events at Headingley Montessori

April

19th Good Friday

  • Closed

22nd Easter Monday

  • Closed

25th World Penguin Day

  • An opportunity to learn more about penguins, their environment, and how important they are to the ecosystem.

27th Our First Birthday

  • We will be holding an Open Morning from 10am-12 to celebrate our birthday. Lots of fun activities across our classrooms with games, cakes & yummy slices.

Competition Time:

With lots of thanks to the Barbican York we have 2 tickets available to watch Dinosaur Live.

To enter our draw please Like our Facebook page & Share the competition post along with commenting which is your child’s favourite dinosaur. You have until 4pm on Friday 12th April. Here’s the link to the Facebook competition

Click here to enter our Facebook competition

Upcoming Topics

Babies – During April we will be looking closely at farm animals

Toddlers

Preschool – During April we will be focusing on Spring and planting whilst looking at different life cycles.

Upcoming holidays are:

Woohoo !!!! Good Friday 19th April & Easter Monday 22nd April – a lie in!

6th May – May Day Bank Holiday

27th May – Spring Bank Holiday

26th August – August Bank Holiday

24th December – Christmas Eve Close at 1pm.  Re-open 2nd January 2020

Royal Wedding Garden Party
Royal Wedding Garden Party

The children at Headingley Montessori have been celebrating the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The children made their own crowns and helped Kelly the cook make a party lunch fit for royals! With cucumber sandwiches, turkey rolls and Eton mess.

 

Tax-Free Childcare
Tax-Free Childcare

TAX FREE CHILDCARE

‘Tax-Free Childcare’ will be launched early 2017. There will be some definite changes for parents currently using childcare vouchers, such as the maximum age of a child. You’ll be able to use the scheme for your child up to the age of 12 years (currently 15 years), but up to the age of 17 years if your child has disabilities (currently 16 years).

In terms of money, you will receive 20p from the government towards your childcare, for every 80p you contribute. They say this is the equivalent of the tax most people pay (i.e. 20%), hence their catchy phrase, ‘tax-free childcare’. Their maximum contribution in a year is £2000 for your £8000. If your child has disabilities, the support rises to £4000.

That is more than the maximum of £243 that can be claimed each month by each parent under the present system. You should also consider that the present Childcare Voucher system can only be used by employees, and only if the Employer has joined the scheme.

However, there are other things to weigh up with the changes, to make sure what you choose works for you:

The new system requires both parents in the household to be working, or one parent in a single-parent family, in much the same way that the new 30 hours funding system will work. To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each earning just over an average of £100 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year. The scheme will also be available to parents on paid sick leave and paid and unpaid statutory maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

If you’re in a household where only one of two parents work, you can remain on the current childcare voucher scheme for as long as as your employer offers it. If you’re not on it at the moment, but you prefer it to the new system, you need to start using it. Once ‘tax-free childcare’ begins, the childcare voucher scheme will be frozen to new entrants.

You’ll have an account that you create from following the link at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ In that account, you will input various details about income and employment which will be checked by the HMRC. You’ll then pay in your contribution, to be added to by the government contribution. Using a drop-down menu, you’ll allocate where your childcare payment goes. You will only be able to use the funds for childcare that is registered officially e.g. through Ofsted.

With your account, you as well as family members, employers, can also pay in, as and when you like. The government hopes this means you can build up your balance when it’s convenient to you, and use it when you may need childcare more than usual eg during school holidays. If you’ve built up a balance and no longer need it, you can withdraw the money… although the government will withdraw their contribution too.

Read Helen Grations Blog on the update with the Tax Free Childcare system here

For more information about Tax-Free Childcare go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-free-childcare-10-things-parents-should-know