All 3 and 4 year olds are eligible to receive 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours per week, over the 38 weeks of school term time.
The free 15 hours can be taken at nurseries, nursery classes, playgroups, preschools, childminders and Sure Start Children's Centres.
Your child is eligible for the free hours from 1 January, 1 April or 1 September following his or her 3rd birthday.
It's simple to claim the free 15 hours. You simply complete a form that we can provide and we'll do the rest for you!
For further information about any of the above, please speak to a member of the team who can talk you through the options available. You can also find out more about funded nursery places, the eligibility criteria and the application process on the government website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
30 hours for 3 & 4 year olds
15 hours for 2 year olds
15 hours for 3 & 4 year olds
If eligible, you may be entitled to 570 hours of free childcare a year for your 2 year old.
You will be eligible if you are getting a form of support, including Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax.
You’ll also be eligible if your child is looked after by a local council, your child has a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan, your child gets Disability Living Allowance, or if your child has left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.
funded nursery places
For working parents, you may also be eligible to claim an additional 570 hours of free childcare per year. This will give you 30 hours per week over the 38 weeks of school term time.
You, and your partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
You can't get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.
You will need to apply online to claim the additional 30 hours of childcare. Please see below for the link.