15 Hours Funding
All children are entitled to 15 hours funding the term after they turn three. Parents do not need to apply for this funding.
|Child’s Birthday||When your child can start nursery|
|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|
If a child is eligible for two year old funding, they can start nursery in the term that they turn three. You can check if your child is eligible for two year old funding by clicking here.
30 Hours Funding
How do I check if my child is eligible?
Some children will be eligible for 30 hours funding, if their parents (or parent if the child is from a single parent family) work more than 16 hours per week and earn more than the minimum wage. To check if your child is entitled, please click here - scroll down the page until you see the heading "30 Hours Free Childcare" and click on the "Apply Now" button.
My child is eligible, what do I do now?
PLEASE NOTE, YOUR CHILD'S EXTENDED ENTITLEMENT WILL BEGIN THE TERM AFTER THE START DATE OF THE CODE. SEE THE TABLE BELOW FOR A LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES
|Date of Child's 3rd Birthday||Eligibility Code Must Be Applied By AND Dated||Month Child Can Start Nursery|
|1st January to 31st March||NO LATER THAN 31st MARCH||April|
|1st April to 31st August||NO LATER THAN 31st AUGUST||September|
|1st September to 31st December||NO LATER THAN 31st DECEMBER||January|
Is there any other help available with childcare costs?
Tax Free Childcare is an online payment account, topped up by the Government, which parents use solely to pay their childcare costs. For every £8 that a family pays in, the Government will make a top-up payment of £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child per year. This is available for children under 12 years old.
Click here to find out more information on Tax Free Childcare.