Funding

We currently have free funded nursery places available for 2,3 & 4 year olds.

Find out if you are eligible for financial assistance from the government by reading the criteria below:

15 hours free childcare for 2 year olds

  • For families in England, receiving some forms of support
  • With 2-year-old children
  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • To be able to take up 15 hours of free childcare for your two-year-old you or your child must meet the eligibility criteria. 
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you  to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

15 hours free childcare for 3&4 year olds

  • For all families in England
  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you  to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

30 hours free childcare for 3&4 year olds

  • For working families in England
  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • 30 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more
    childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you  to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week
  • If your working pattern and/or income has changed because of coronavirus (COVID-19); before you apply or reconfirm for 30 hours

Universal Credit for childcare

  • For working families claiming Universal Credit, in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • With children under 17*
  • Up to 85% of eligible childcare costs
  • Who aren’t receiving Tax-Free Childcare

Tax credits for childcare

  • For working families, in the UK
  • With children under 16 (or under 17 if disabled)
  • 70% of childcare costs, up to a cap
  • If you cannot make a new claim for Tax Credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit instead.

Tax-free childcare

  • For working families, including the self-employed, in the UK
  • Earning under £100k and at least £142 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each
  • Who aren’t receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers
  • With children aged 0-11 (or 0-16 if disabled)
  • For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to £2,000 per child per year

Support whilst you study

  • Weekly payments from Care to Learn if you’re at school or sixth-form college
  • Help through your college if you’re in further education
  • A weekly grant if you’re in full-time higher education