Free Nursery Funding for Three and Four Year Olds
This book sets out in an easy to read and understand format your exact entitlements to the Free Government Funding for 3 and 4 year olds and the rules that apply to childcare provision on providing the funding.
'What every Parent should know about the Free Nursery Funding for 3 and 4 year olds' Book
A Parents Guide to Choosing the Right Nursery, Settling In Your Child, Free Nursery Places and Families Information Services
- How to choose a nursery
- What to ask when visiting a nursery
- How to settle your child in
- If funding for 2 year olds is available in your area
- What funding you are entitled to
- If your nursery is overcharging you
- Family Information Services directory
- Essential information for All New Parents
When can my Child start free Nursery Education?
Three year olds will be able to start a free nursery place in the September, January or April following their third birthday.
Your child's birthday must be before:
31 March will be eligible for free nursery education from the Summer Term (April)
31 August will be eligible for free nursery education from the Autumn Term (September)
31 December will be eligible for free nursery education from the Spring term (January)
These are the cut off dates. If your child's birthday is for example on the 1st or 2nd January and the term starts on the 5th January I am afraid their funding will not start until the Summer Term after Easter because they have passed the cut off date of 31st December.
How many funded hours can my Child have?
Your child is entitled to a maximum of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. Approved providers include childminders, playgroups, pre-schools and day nurseries that are registered and inspected by OFSTED. Parents can choose which provider they would like their child to go to, as long as they have places available.
How can I use my funded hours?
You are guaranteed to have the funding in the following ways -
- 3 hours a day over 5 days of the week
- 5 hours a day over 3 days of the week
Local Authorities are encouraging providers to be more flexible.
Do all my funded hours have to be with the same provider?
No they do not have to be used with the same provider. You cannot have more than 15 funded hours per week and you do not have to use all 15 hours if you do not want to.
Does my child have to take up an early education place?
It is up to you to decide what kind of early education, if any, is right for your child. By law, children are not required to attend any educational setting until the term after their fifth birthday. The grant is only available until your child starts school.
To find out more read our definitive Parents Guide to the Free Government Funding for 3 and 4 year olds. It goes in depth about exactly what the rules are, how they apply and what you are entitled to.
A "Must Have" book for first time parents whose child is nearing three years old or just about to start at nursery. More details here