Information for parents
The childcare offer provides 30 hours a week of funded childcare and early education for up to 48 weeks of the year. It can be accessed by eligible working parents of three to four-year-olds. The offer is available from the term after a child’s third birthday until the September following their fourth birthday. Parents are no longer eligible for the offer during term time when their child is offered a full-time school place. However, they can continue to access nine weeks of childcare during holidays.
The offer is a combination of the existing Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) provision for three and four-year-olds, and additional funded childcare which includes childminders. The offer extends to after school hours, weekends and school holidays.
To qualify, you must:
- have a child that is three or four years old
- earn on average a weekly minimum equivalent to, or more than, 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) or national living wage (NLW)
- earn less than £100,000 per year
If you are in a single-parent family you need to be working and if you are in a two-parent family you both need to be working.
If you are self-employed or on a zero hours contract you need to be able to prove this by providing the relevant documents. The offer is available during maternity leave and to those on long term sickness.
Important application dates
If you apply too early, your application will be automatically rejected. Thus, please apply once the relevant application open date has begun.
|Date of birth||Eligible from||Eligible to||Applications open|
|1 September 2015 to 31 December 2015||7 January 2019 (start of Spring term)||31st August following their 4th birthday 2020||Open|
|1 January 2016 to 31 March 2016||29 April 2019 (start of Summer term)||31st August following their 4th birthday 2020||18 March 2019|
|1 April 2016 to 31 August 2016||2 September 2019 (start of Autumn term)||31st August following their 4th birthday 2020||1 July 2019|
|1 September 2016 to 31 December 2016||6 January 2020 (start of Spring term)||31st August following their 4th birthday 2021||18 November 2019|
|1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017||20 April 2020 (start of Summer term)||31st August following their 4th birthday 2021||16 March 2020|