Got a 3 or 4 year old child
Got a 2 year old child and claim one of the following:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance;
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit;
Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Creditsand have an annual gross household income of no more than £16,190;
Working Tax credit Run-on – paid for 4 weeks after the claimant stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit;
A child is also eligible if they:
are looked after by the local authority;
have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan (EHCP);
receives a Disability Living Allowance;
have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or child arrangements order (formerly residence and contact orders).
We will confirm the Universal Credit criteria at a later date. Families currently receiving Universal Credit should contact their local authority for more information.
Children who meet the criteria above are eligible for 570 hours of early education per year. This is often taken as 15 hours per week during term time.
Once your child is two, eligible families can claim a place from 1 September, 1 January or 1 April. For example: if an eligible child was born in February, they can claim their funded place from the 1 April after they turn two.
Early learning for two-year-old places are free for parents. They are funded by the Government.
Parents can if they choose, purchase extra hours in addition to the 570 hours per year (subject to availability at the setting where their child takes up their early learning place.) Parents should not be asked to pay additional fees ie: for services such as activities or lunchtime meals as a condition of taking up their early learning place.
Children aged 3 and 4 can claim 15 hours a week free the term after their 3rd birthday.
If you think you are eligible please get in touch and we can help you gain funding and secure a place in one of our nurseries.