15 hours funded childcare
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of funded early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, during term time.
Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.
When you can start claiming
The date you can start claiming depends on your child’s birthday.
If your child’s birthday is between 1 January to 31 March your child can start their funded place at the beginning of the term on or after 1 April
If your child’s birthday is between 1 April to 31 August your child can start their funded childcare at the beginning of the term on or after 1 September
If your child’s birthday is between 1st September to 31 December
your child can start their funded childcare at the beginning of the term on or after 1 January
If your child was born on 15 September 2016. You can get funded childcare when the next term starts after 1 January 2017.
Funded Childcare Eligibility
The funded early education and childcare must be with an approved childcare provider like Lilliput Day Nursery.
It stops once your child starts reception class in a state school.
Eligibility for 2-year-olds
Your 2-year-old can get funded early education and childcare if you get one of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- 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 (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
A child can also get funded early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
- they’re looked after by a local council
- they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
- they get Disability Living Allowance
- they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.
If you need any further information please give us a call on 0121 457 8383 (Rubery) or 0121 444 1788 (Kings Heath)