Early Years Government Funded Childcare is money provided by central government to ensure that all eligible two, three- and four-year olds have access to quality early years education.
ALL three- and four-year olds and some two-year olds are entitled to 570 hours of government funded nursery education per year (September to August).
Traditionally this funding was offered for 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year but can now be stretched over the full year in order to prevent higher bills during unfunded weeks – Therefore giving children 10.96 hours per week, 51 weeks of the year, instead of 15 hours per week, 38 weeks of the year.
From September 2017, many three- and four-year olds may now be entitled to a further 570 hours of government funded childcare a year – 1140 hours in total.
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Funding and Eligibility
If your child is born between
They are eligible to receive their funding from
How do I apply to receive the Funding?
To receive the standard 570 hours, we will give you a Parent Declaration Form on which you should confirm your child’s details, which setting they attend and how many hours they attend each week. We will then submit a claim for funding to the local authority.
To receive the additional 570 hours (1140 in total), please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk to register and apply. You will then be given a code which you will need to submit to the nursery in order for us to validate your claim.
N.B. Your code is only valid for 3 months at a time, therefore if you apply for your code more than 3 months before your child is eligible to receive funding, you will have to log in to reactivate your code. You also need to log in and reactivate your code every three months.
They will receive a “grace period” – this means they will be able to keep their childcare for a short period. Once the “grace period” has lapsed, the parent may be entitled to the universal 15-hour entitlement.
To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
Use the Childcare Calculator at to
what offers are available to support you and your family.