Funding model

Free Entitlement

We offer free entitlement funding for eligible 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children. Parents are able to access a maximum of 6 hours per day, between the hours of 8am and 5pm. This funding can be used up to 15/30 hours per week over 38 weeks (term time only) or 11/22 hours per week over 51 weeks.

30-Hour Eligibility Codes

30-hour codes will be checked to ensure they are valid before offering a space in the Nursery.

These codes need to be applied for/reconfirmed before the term starts. The cut off dates are as follows:

  • 31st of December for Spring Term
  • 31st March for Summer Term
  • 31st August for Autumn Term

Each code must be renewed every 3 months, in order for it to still be valid.

The Operating Guidance from the DfE says that there will be between half, to one term, grace period for children who become ineligible, where their extended funding can still be claimed. However, a child should not start accessing their Extended FE at their current or new provider whilst in their grace period.

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