Free childcare and education for 2 to 4 year olds
All 3 and 4 years olds are entitled to 570 hours of free early education a year. This is usually taken as 15 hrs a week for 38 weeks of the year. Some childcare providers may offer the option of averaging the funding hours out across the year providing children with approx 11.2 hrs a week of childcare free. Parents then pay a fee each month for the remainding hours of care.
To find out more about the funding please read the Q & A
Q. When will my child start claiming the funding?
A. 3-year-olds will start claiming their funding the term after their third birthday. Terms are September, January, April.
Q How many funded hours can my child claim?
A. All 3 and 4 years olds are entitled to 570 hours a year, this is usually taken as 15 hrs a week for 38weeks of the year.
Q. Do all the funded hours have to be used with the same provider?
A. No they do not have to be used with the same provider. You cannot claim more than 15hrs a week, however you can split these hours between providers.
2 Year Funding
Some two-year-olds are also eligible for free early education, to receive this you must get one of the following:
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Tax credits and you have an annual income of under 16.190 before tax
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Support through part 6 of the immigration and Asylum Act
- The working tax credit 4 week run on
A child can also be eligible if
- They’re looked after by a local council
- They have a current statement of special education needs or an education, health and care plan
- They get disability living allowance
- They’re left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.
30hrs free childcare
Local authorities have released the criteria for eligible parents to receive the 30 hours funding. Please check the criteria below to see if you comply.
To be eligible, you (and your partner if you have one), must either:
- each expect to earn at least £115 a week or work* more than 16 hours at the National Living Wage, or each expect to earn at least £111 a week or work more than 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage.
- each expect to earn at least £61.92 a week if you’re under 18, £84.80 a week if you’re aged 18 to 20 or £52.80 a week if you’re an apprentice (either under 19 or in the first year of your apprenticeship)
*Work includes employed and self-employed persons.
Further eligibility conditions for you and your partner (if you have one)
- must live in England
- expect to have an income of less than £100,000 each a year
- if unemployed, you and your partner must become employed within 14 days of applying
- if your child is in reception at school, you can’t get free childcare. Once your child is of compulsory school age, they’re no longer eligible
If you don’t have a partner then all the conditions above just apply to you.
Circumstances where you may still be eligible:
You can still apply for 30 hours funded childcare if you or your partner are:
- taking paid time off work, such as maternity leave, paternity leave or sick leave
- temporarily away from England for a period of up to 6 months, such as if you’re in the military (on duty)
- already getting Universal Credit or tax credits
You can also still apply for 30 hours funded childcare if either you or your partner are employed or self-employed and one of you gets one or more of the following benefits:
- contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit or long-term Incapacity Benefit
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- National Insurance credits because of incapacity or limited capability for work
- you’ve been assessed as having limited capability for work for Universal Credit purpose
Take a look at this website for more details
Contact Daisykins@Rugby Free Primary School ( based on Bailiey Road) on 01788 222069 to find out how they offer the Nursery Education Funded Sessions or contact Daisykins at Whitehall Road on 01788 552200 to enquire how they offer the Nursery Education Funded sessions.