3 & 4 Year Old Funding
All 3 and 4 year olds in England can get 570 funded hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. 3 and 4 year olds who are eligible for 30 hours funding receive an additional 570 funded hours per year making a total of 1140 funded hours per year.
The funding becomes available from the start of the term following a child’s 3rd birthday i.e. from the beginning of September (Autumn term), January (Spring term) or April (Summer term).
The funding is in two parts - 15 Universal hours and 15 Extended hours. All children who are 3 or 4 are entitled to receive the 15 Universal hours providing that the nursery is offering funded places. To receive the 15 Extended hours that make up the 30 hours funding, parents need to be eligible according to certain criteria.
To receive the 15 Universal hours, you don’t need to do anything except sign a Parent Declaration Form which will be emailed to you either as part of the Registration Pack, or just before the beginning of the term that the funding starts.
If you’re eligible for the 15 Extended hours, you need to set up an account with the government to receive a 30 hours code. We will need the code as soon as you've received it so that we can confirm eligibility via an online validator before we can make the funding application. Please note that your 30 hours code needs to be re-confirmed every 3 months by logging into your GOV.UK childcare account. Failure to do this may result in your 15 Extended hours funding being withdrawn.
We recommend that you start the application process in good time. The deadlines are: August 31st for the Autumn term, December 31st for the Spring term and March 31st for the Summer term.
To check your eligibility and to set up an account, please follow this link:
Check Eligibility & Apply For 30 Hours
If you already have a childcare account, you can sign in using this link:
Sign In to Childcare Account