Free childcare and education for 3 to 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England receive 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. We stretch the termly entitlement over 51 weeks of the year.

30-hours free childcare and education

Children of parents meeting certain criteria will be eligible for the extended entitlement which provides an additional 570 hours of free childcare per year.  This will be stretched over the full year in the same way as the 15 hours. Check your child’s eligibility for the 30 hours.

We offer a small number of 15 hours and 30 hours fully funded places – please contact the Nursery Manager for more information.  Please note the fully funded places offered are on Mondays and Fridays.

For further information and to find answers to frequently-asked questions about 30-hours Free Childcare Entitlement, please download our Parent’s Guide below.

When you can start claiming

The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday.

Child’s birthdayWhen you can claim
1st January to 31st MarchThe beginning of term on or after 1st April
1st April to 31st AugustThe beginning of term on or after 1st September
1st September to 31st DecemberThe beginning of term on or after 1st January

Your child was born on 15th July 2018. You can receive free childcare when the next term starts after 1st September 2021.


The free early education and childcare must be with an approved childcare provider.

Eligibility stops at the end of the term before your child is due to start reception class.

If you have any queries about free entitlement, please contact the Nursery Manager.