FREE Early Education

2 Year Old Entitlement (Free 15 Hours)

Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds is determined by household income and circumstances.

How do I know if I am eligible?

Free education and childcare for 2-year-olds

Your 2-year-old can get free childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • child tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

If you’re a non-EEA citizen who cannot claim benefits

Your 2-year-old may get free childcare if you are getting support under the Immigration and Asylum Act and have either:

  • claimed asylum in the UK and are waiting for a decision (known as ‘part 6’)
  • been refused asylum in the UK (known as ‘section 4’)

A 2-year-old you care for may also get free childcare if your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, and you have any of the following:

  • leave to remain with ‘no recourse to public funds’ on family or private life grounds
  • support from your local council because you have ‘a child in need’, for example they have a disability or a child protection plan
  • the right to live in the UK because you’re the main carer of a British citizen (known as a ‘Zambrano Carer’)

When will my 15 hours start?

Your 15 hours free education entitlement will start the term after your child’s 2nd birthday. For example, if your child turns 2 on the 31st August they will start nursery in September.

What days and times can my child attend nursery?

The days and times you can use your 15 hours per week differs from each childcare provider.

At Woodroyd Nursery we operate on a term time only basis (38-weeks) which allows you to access your full 15 hours per week. The funded 15 hours will need to be taken over 5 days. You will have a choice of either AM (8:30 – 11:30) or PM (13:00 – 16:00) sessions.

Can I pay for additional hours?

If you would like your child to stay longer after their free session ends you can pay for wraparound at the cost of £10.90 per session (subject to availability)

Example of wraparound: Free session finishes at 11:30 with wraparound your child can stay until 1:00pm.

We offer private sessions at the cost of £22.25 8:00 – 1:00pm or £13.35 1:00pm – 4:00pm

15 hours Free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 free hours per year. This is taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. Your child’s free 15 hours per week will start the term after their 3rd birthday. You can choose either AM (8:30 – 11:30) or PM (13:00 – 16:00) sessions.

30 Hours Free Childcare

What is 30 Hours Free Childcare?

All 3 and 4-year-olds living in England are currently entitled to 15 hours a week (570 hours per year) free childcare for 38 weeks of the year (during term-time).  Some eligible working parents however, are entitled to up to 30 Hours Free Childcare – that’ s 1,140 hours a year!

The government introduced this scheme to support working families.

You can use 30 Hours Free Childcare to pay for:

• Registered nurseries, childminders and nannies
• Registered after-school clubs and play schemes
• Home care workers from a registered home care agency

30 Hours Free Childcare Facts!

Early Years Providers don’t have to offer 30 Hours Free Childcare (we do!), so check that they do before you register with them if you want to use your entitlement! 

Some Early Years Providers only have limited 30 Hours Free Childcare Places available

You don’t have to take up the full 30 hours to receive the funding if you don’t want to For example, if you only want to take up 25 hours per week, this will still be funded by 30 hours scheme

You can split the offer between more than one childcare provider (but no more than two sites a day) If you do split the offer between providers, you’ll need to provide your eligibility code and information to each provider

How do I know if I am entitled to 30 Hours Free Childcare?

In order to receive 30 hours free childcare, you’ll need to be able to answer ‘Yes’ to all of the following questions:

  • Is my child either 3 or 4-years old?
  • Are both parents or carers in the household working OR am I a sole parent or carer who works?
  • Does each parent/carer earn at least the equivalent of 16 hours a week at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage?
  • Does each parent/carer have an annual income of less than £100,000?
  • Do I live in England?

How do I use my 30-hours Free Childcare?

Apply online for 30 hours free childcare. If you’re eligible, you’ll be given an 11-digit code that you’ll need to take to your childcare provider, along with your national insurance number and your child’s birth certificate.

Your childcare provider will then check that the code is valid – and if it is – they’ll book your 30 hours free childcare for the next three months.  Your code is only valid for three months – you must renew it every three months in order to keep receiving your free hours.

Once you’ve successfully applied for 30 hours free childcare, you’ll be given your own online Childcare Services Account, which you can use to manage your 30 Free Hours (and your Tax-Free Childcare Account if you have one).

Your free 30 hours is to be taken over 4 days a week, you can pay for additional hours if you require your child to attend nursery over 5 days.