Grant Information


Early Education Funding (EEF) – 3 and 4 year olds

•Free early education at registered childcare providers,

•For all 3 to 4 year olds (from the term after their third birthday)

•Up to15 hours of childcare a week for 38 weeks of the year.

•Funding paid directly to the childcare provider.

When can my child receive early education funding?

Your child’s funding will begin the term following their third birthday and continues until they go to school.

Child born between: Entitlement begins:
1 January and 31 March Summer Term following their third birthday
1 April and 31 August Autumn Term following their third birthday
1 September and 31 December Spring Term following their third birthday


30 hours funding

You can get a free childcare place for up to 30 hours per week for 38 week per year for your 3 and 4 year olds if you meet the following criteria.

  • You are a 2 parents family, both working and each earn the equivalent of 16 hours per week paid at national living wage.
  • You each earn less  than £100,000 per year


  • You are  single parent, are working and earn the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national living wage.
  • You earn less than £100,000 per year

Places are available from the term after their third birthday.

For further information please contact:

Early education funding office  01926 742233 or 742218

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Childcare funding for 2 year olds

You may be able to get a free childcare place for your two year old if you receive any of the following benefits or credits:

•Income Support;

•Income based Job Seekers Allowance;

•Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;

•Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;

•The Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit;

•Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also receiving Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income below £16,190;

•Universal Credits;

How many hours can I have?

Your free childcare place will be for up to 15 hours a week, term time only (38 weeks per year). This will depend on your childcare provider’s opening times and availability. Some nurseries and child-minders will offer you fewer than 15 hours per week but for more weeks of the year.

You will be entitled to a place from the start of the term after your child’s 2nd birthday.