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2 year old funding

For more information about funded places please follow the link below:

3 and 4 year old funding

All children can take up 15 free funded hours in the term following their third birthday.

Three and four year olds may be entitled to 30 hours of government funded childcare if:

  • both their parents, or one parent in a lone parent household, are in work

  • and each parent earns at least the equivalent of 16 hours work at national minimum wage and less than £100,000 per year

To check if you are eligible and apply, please follow the link below:

How do I secure a 30 hour place?

These places are limited and are in high demand. We therefore suggest that you:

  • Speak to the Nursery staff about places and register your interest

  • Apply for your eligibility code via the online eligibility checker available at:

  • You can do this 16 weeks before your child's 3rd birthday, however if you currently receive tax free childcare, we advise you to call the helpline on 0300 123 4097

  • Bring in the 11 digit 'eligibility code' (along with your National Insurance number and child's date of birth) so we can claim the 30 hour place. You will be asked to complete a Parent Declaration Form to enable us to process your application.

  • Decide if you will need extra paid sessions e.g  Morning Club

  • Please note that you will need to reconfirm your eligibility to the 30 hours free childcare every three months. Failure to do this will terminate your eligibility. If your circumstances change, you may lose your eligibility but your child will retain the 30 hour place until the end of the current term (the grace period).

No 30 hour places remaining, what options do I have?

You may wish to consider shared provision whereby you accept a 15 hour morning or afternoon place at Hormead Hedgehogs and use a local child minder to provide the remaining 15 hours. You will need to provide your eligibility code to both parties.