GOVERNMENT FUNDED PLACES
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.
Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.
When you can start claiming
The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday.
|Child’s birthday||When you can claim|
|1 January to 31 March||The beginning of term on or after 1 April|
|1 April to 31 August||The beginning of term on or after 1 September|
|1 September to 31 December||The beginning of term on or after 1 January|
An Extra 15 hours publicly funded childcare is available to those parents of 3 and 4 year olds who meet the following eligibility requirements:
Eligibility rules for additional 15 hours of funded childcare:
- Both parents must be working – or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family.
- Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.
- Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000.
- There may be additional help if there is a disabled child or adult carer
For more information on the additional 15 hours publicly funded childcare, please discuss with the Nursery Manager.
Eligibility for 2-year-olds
Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Universal Credit
- tax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
- the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
- the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply: