Nursery Education Funding

The Government provides funding for all children aged 3 and 4. This entitles your child to Nursery Education Funding that covers a total of 15 hours of funded sessions per week. This can be shared between settings and/or childminders.

Once your child is eligible for Nursery Education Funding, Uley Playgroup will give you a simple form to complete. Your child will be eligible for funding in the Autumn term if their 3rd birthday is before September 1st, in the Spring term if their birthday is before January 1st, or in the Summer term if their birthday is before April 1st.

From September 2017 some 3 and 4 year olds may be entitled to a further 15 hours of free childcare which can either be taken over 38 weeks (totalling 30 hours per week) or stretched over 50 weeks of the year. 

If your child attends more than one setting the funding will be shared between the settings fairly. A top up fee to each setting may be necessary to cover the cost of sessions not covered by the funding. An invoice will be issued if this is the case.

Achieving 2 year Olds scheme

Funded free early years places are available for some two year old children from the term after their 2nd birthday. 

To be eligible for this funding, the following criteria should be met by the parent:

  • They meet the eligibility criteria also used for free school meals

  • The family receives Working Tax Credit and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year

For more information please follow this link (opens new window):, the government website, or by calling HMRC helpline on 0300 123 4097.

or contact us.

Childcare Vouchers

If you are employed, you can arrange with your employer to take a set amount of money from your pay each month, which can be then used against childcare costs. The benefit to you is that this money is tax free. We currently accept Kids Unlimited, Computershare and Kiddivouchers. Please talk to us if you wish to use another voucher provider.

PLEASE NOTE: The childcare voucher scheme was closed to new applicants in 2018



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