2 Year Old Funding
2 year old funded places are available up to 570 hours per annum. To check if you are eligible visit the GOV.UK website.
3 and 4 Year Old Funding
Every 3 and 4 year old is eligible for up to 570 hours of government funding per annum (this is also known as the 15 hours Universal Offer). The funding starts from the term after the child turns 3. To access the funding our Nursery Manager will give you a Declaration Form that you will need to fill out and sign In addition a further 570 hours of government funding is available to some eligible working parents of 3 & 4 year olds (this is also known as the 30 hours Extended Offer). To find out whether you are eligible and what help you can go to the government website: Childcare Choices. Here you will also find useful information regarding current and upcoming changes to funding.
Are you eligible for the 30 hours Extended Offer?
- To be eligible, you and your partner, must each expect to earn an average of at least £125 per week (the equivalent to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).
- You can still be eligible if you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you are unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities.
- You are not eligible for the 30 free hours of childcare if either you, or your partner, each individually expect to earn £100,000 or more.
When can my child start?
2 year old funding starts the term after they turn 2 years old and have received a valid 15 hours code. 3 year old funding starts the term after they turn 3 years old and have received a valid 30 hours code. Term start dates are the 1st September, the 1st January and the 1st April. To retain your funded childcare place you must make sure to check that your details are up to date every 3 months.
How do I apply?
For the 15 hours Universal Offer of funding and the 30 hours Extended Offer of funding you will first need to check if you are eligible and gain access to an eligibility code. To do this you will need to follow the steps of the childcare calculator on the GOV.UK website. Once approved you will receive an 11 digit code. This code will be your National Insurance number and also includes the child’s date of birth. You will need to pass this on to our Nursery Manager when you apply for a place. If you are offered a funded place you will need to sign our Terms & Conditions which the Nursery Manager will go through with you.
Do we offer term time or stretched funding?
Yes, we do offer stretched funding spread out over the full year. Please approach our Nursery Manager for further details.
What happens if I am no longer eligible?
You will not lose your place immediately if you find out that either parent is no longer eligible. There is a national grace period enabling parents to retain the place for a set period of time.