Funding for 3 to 4 year olds
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.
These can be taken as several sessions, 5 morning or grouped together to make full days. Any extra hours over the 15 hours will be chargeable at the hourly rate of £4.20 per hour.
The date your child can start funded sessions depends on your child’s birthday.
|Child’s 3rd birthday||When they can start|
|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|
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:
Fees for additional hours and sessions not eligible for funding are invoiced and payable during the first two weeks of term; we accept childcare vouchers. We have a policy covering our procedure for non-payment of fees and this is available alongside all of our current policies for the setting.