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Free Nursery Entitlement for 3 and 4 Year Olds

Every 3 – 4 year old child is entitled up to a maximum of 570 hours *free nursery provision education per year from the term after their third birthday until they start school. These sessions are funded by the Local Authority and may also be subsidised by the care provider. Session can be taken during term time only to a maximum of 15 hours per week or spread over the whole year (50 weeks) to a maximum of 11.4 hours per week.


Extended Funding for 3 – 4 year olds

30 hours free childcare

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England already get 15 hours a week, or 570 hours a year of *free early education. If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week *free childcare, so 1140 hours in total. 30 hours free childcare has been available from September 2017.

The eligibility criteria are the same as the ones for Tax-Free Childcare, except you can continue to get these types of support at the same time as 30 hours free childcare:

Tax Credits
Universal Credit
Childcare Vouchers or Salary Sacrifice Schemes
Childcare Grants and Bursaries

When you apply, you’ll be confirming that you need childcare so that you and your partner, if you have one, can work. If your child’s already in a full-time reception class in a state funded school, you won’t be eligible for 30 hours free childcare.

To qualify for the extra hours you must have applied by midnight prior to the term you child is eligable for funding as detailed in the table below. Please ensure you have applied prior to the cut off dates in the table below to receive funding from the following term.

Child born between                                   Cut Off Date             Can receive the funded hours from
1 September 2015 to 31 December 2015       31st December                         January 2019 (spring)
1 January 2016 to 31 March 2016                   31st March                                April 2019 (summer)
1 April 2016 to 31 August 2016                        31st August                           September 2019 (autumn)

Wisbech day nursery is committed to offer **extended funding entitlement to eligible parents in recipt of a valid code which can be obtained via the Childcare Choices web site.

If you are eligible, over the year you will have a total of 1140 hours. You have 2 options at Wisbech Day Nursery on how to allocate your 30 hour grant.

Option 1

If you are using your funded hours during term time only, you can split the hours across the week as follows:

  1. 5 x 6 hour sessions (8am – 2pm)
  2. 5 x 5.5 hours sessions (1pm – 6.30pm, 27.5 hours per week)

(Charges are made for snacks and meals for all options)

Option 2

Option 2 is to use your funded hours across the whole year (50 weeks).

  1. 5 x 4.56 hour session (8.25am – 1pm/1.25pm – 6.00pm)
  2. 2 x 11.4 hours (7am – 6.20pm)

Extra hours attended outside these times will be charged at the relevant sessional cost.

**Sessions times are at the discretion of Wisbech Day Nursery

(Charges are made for snacks and meals for all options)

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