Big Tykes

The Big Tykes unit caters for children aged approx 2yrs 6mths – 5 years. Here we offer an environment that fosters learning. This large open plan room allows children freedom of choice and promotes independence. This language rich environment supports learning and enables increasing skill in communication language and literacy, problem solving reasoning and numeracy, personal social and emotional development and knowledge and understanding of the world.

Here too we have free access to a large all weather outdoor area where children have the opportunity to develop thier natural curiosity and explore the natural environment.

Staff team

The room operates a one to four ratio for children under 3 years and a one to eight ratio for children 3 years plus. The room supervisor leads the team. She is supported by a dedicated team of qualified staff and an Early Years Professional. You will be introduced to the staff team during your child’s visits.

Nursery Education Grant

The Nursery Education Grant entitles each 3 and 4 year old child to 15 hours universal funding towards the child’s care and education 38 weeks per year. This commences the term after their third birthday. If your child attends less than 15 hours per week and does not attend any other setting the funding can be extended over a longer period of time. We will automatically apply for the nursery education grant the term after your child’s third birthday and provide you with the relevant paperwork. If your child attends another setting we will agree the number of sessions you wish to claim from each provider. Once your child is in receipt of this grant we will amend your account accordingly.   

There are now an additional 15 hours funding making the funding up to 30 hours.  These additional hours have eligibility criteria so not all families will be entitled to the additional hours unlike the universal hours above.

Eligibility criteria

  • Both parents need to be working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family);
  • Each parent has a weekly minimum income equivalent to 16 hours at national    minimum wage or living wage;
  • Neither parent has an income of more than £100,000 per year ;
  • Parents will only be able to apply for the additional hours if they are resident in the UK, as in the case for Tax Free Childcare.
  • Families where one parent does not work (or neither parent works) will usually not be eligible for the additional hours.  However, the draft criteria also states that the additional entitlement should be available in the following circumstances;

How do you apply?

The DfEE are working with HMRC to create a joint application for the 30 hours free childcare and Tax Free Childcare (TFC).  Parents will enter their information on-line and find out if they are eligible. 

You can check your eligibility  at   and register for an email prompt once the system is up and running

If you are eligible for the 30 hours free childcare you will receive an eligibility code from HMRC via the on-line system which you can then take to your chosen childcare provider. 

Childcare providers (including any school that offer 30 hours free childcare) will need to validate the code with Leeds County Council before offering an additional 15 hours free childcare. 

You will then be required to verify your continued eligibility for the 30 hours free childcare every three months directly with HMRC. If you are found to be no longer eligible the additional hours will cease at the end of a notice period. (grace period)