Free Funded Childcare

Early Education Grant (funded hours) – what you need to know

Discover Your Childcare Entitlements

3 and 4 years olds

15 hours

All parents of 3 and 4 year-olds are entitled to the 15 hours funding from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday and until they start school, you can get 570 hours of government-funded childcare a year.

Nursery will apply for this on your behalf

2 years olds

15 hours

Some parents will be able to apply for 15 hours funding for 2 year olds if you are in receipt of certain benefits such as Income Support or Universal Credit, or your child has Disability Living Allowance or and Education, health, care plan (EHC) plan, you may get 15 funded hours for your child.

You should speak to your local council unless you receive a letter.

3 and 4 years olds

30 hours

Your child may be eligible for an additional 15 hours (30 hours funding). You must be working and earning at least the equivalent of 16 hours a week at national living or minimum wage, but less than £100,000 a year. If you are a couple, then this applies to each of you – if one of you doesn’t work, or one of you earns over £100,000 you won’t be eligible.

You need to apply for the additional 15 hours through the governments website. Apply for 30 funded childcare usually takes around 20 minutes. You will need your National Insurance number (or your Unique Taxpayer Reference if you are self employed). If you are a couple, you will need this information for each of you.

If you are successful, you will need to bring you eligibility code into nursery.

Be mindful!

Funded hours will be changing

In March 2023, the Government announced plans to increase access to funded childcare hours to include younger children. The phased introduction of this plan begins in April 2024 through to September 2025.

From April 2024
Children aged two to receive 15 hours of funded childcare.
As of September 2024
Children aged nine months also to have access to the 15 hours of funded childcare.
By September 2025
All eligible children aged from 9 months to school age to receive 30 hours of funded childcare.

Accessing early education funding

The following dates show from which term your child will be eligible for accessing early education funding. Please note these dates are determined by central government (and are in line with school admissions) and hence exceptions can not be made.

Birthday on or between Eligible to start
1 January – 31st March (inclusive) Summer term
1 April – 31st August (inclusive) Autumn term
1 September – 31 December (inclusive) Spring term

Children accessing early education can claim up to 570 hours per year (or up to 1,140 hours where eligible for the extended 15 hours). At Stockport Village Nursery, we are open 51 weeks of the year, we offer the hours on a ‘spread’ basis over the year.

Please note

Totally ‘free’ places are subject to availability. These hours must be claimed over a minimum of 2 sessions per week, which cannot be less than 3 hours per day.

Tax Free Childcare

Fees may be partly/fully paid using Tax Free Childcare, whereby the government will contribute £2 for every £8 of childcare costs. This enables you to claim up to £2,000 per annum for each of your children.

To access Tax Free Childcare, please follow these steps:

Scroll down to the ‘Tax-Free Childcare’ section and click on ‘Apply now’. This will redirect you to the tax-free childcare page of the website.
Scroll down to the last section entitled ‘Apply’ and click on ‘Apply online for Tax Free Childcare
Ensure that you have all the required information to hand. Click on ‘Start Now’ and set up a government gateway account.
Follow the online instructions. This will generate a reference number for your child.
Add your nursery location as your childcare provider – this can be searched by the postcode.
You will need to transfer 80% of your invoice from your bank account into your Tax Free Childcare account by the 25th of each month.
The government will then contribute a further 20% to cover the remaining balance.
Once the funds are available in yur Tax Free Childcare account, your childcare invoice must be settled by transferring the funds from this account to Stockport Village Nursery by the 1st of the month. Please note we cannot collect the funds on your behalf.
A monthly standing order may be set up to settle your invoices. However, please note that this does not work correctly when the 1st of the month falls on a weekend or a public holiday.
You will need to log into your account and ensure that payments are released on time.

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