All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week, for 38 weeks a year. Any additional hours taken will be charged at the rate of £13.50 per 3 hour session.
You can start claiming the term after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.
|Child’s birthday||When you can claim|
|1 January to 31 March||the beginning of term on or after 1 April|
|1 April to 31 August||the beginning of term on or after 1 September|
|1 September to 31 December||the beginning of term on or after 1 January|
ExampleYour child was born on 15 February 2012. They’ll become eligible for free early education and childcare from the start of term following 1 April 2015.
Please speak to the setting manager who will ask you to complete a registration form and a parental agreement to claim the free entitlement funding. You will need to provide evidence of your child’s birth date, such as a birth certificate or valid passport.