St Mary's Playgroup - Ofsted Number - EY477732

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Free Early Education Entitlement Funding

Free nursery education is available for:


  • 2 year old children whose parents meet a set Benefits and Earnings criteria

  • All 3 and 4 year old children regardless of financial circumstances or nationality


What is free early education (free entitlement)?


Free early education can be claimed by parents for all three and four year olds. It covers up to a maximum of 15 hours per week, accessed over a minimum of 38 weeks of the year; a total maximum entitlement of 570 hours each year. Parents do not contribute towards this entitlement but may be charged by providers for additional services such as snacks, specific activities or extra childcare over the allocated 15 hours.


Parents may choose to send their child to a provider for less than 15 hours a week but extend this over more than 38 weeks during the year. For more information about this, please see extension to free entitlement funding.


The following chart enables early years providers to determine which children they should be claiming for each funded period.



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