Childcare Cost Support

There is support available for families to help with childcare costs. Please click to visit the Childcare Choices website for more information on the support you could receive and how to apply.


FEEE Funding for 2, 3 & 4 year olds

The Funded Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) is a government initiative which funds early years education for children aged 3 and 4 years for up to 15 or 30 hours per week during term time only.

Some 2 year olds are also eligible for funding, up to 15 hours per week during term time only, subject to certain criteria. Our nurseries offer 15 and 30 hours early years education entitlement placement (subject to availability).

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can 15 hours a week free childcare for 38 weeks of the year, but you can choose to take fewer hours over more weeks, for example. (Some 3 to 4-year-olds are eligible for 30 hours free childcare a week – please see below)

Your 2-year-old can get free early education and 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 - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • Tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:

  • They’re looked after by a local council
  • They have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • They get Disability Living Allowance 
  • They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare if your child is 3 to 4 years old. The 30 hours funding scheme has been created for working families with 3 or 4 year olds, where both parents live and work in the UK.

The scheme requires you and your partner to both be earning the equivalent of 16 hours a week at the national minimum wage (or living wage) and no more than £100,000 a year each. You can claim up to 30 hours of free childcare from the start of the term after your child turns 3.

Tax free childcare is a government scheme to support working parents with their childcare costs offering up to £2000 per child per year (or £4000 for children with disabilities) depending on eligibility.

How does this work?

You set up an online childcare account. For every £8 you pay into the account the government will pay an extra £2 basically giving you 20% additional funds. You then use this money to pay your childcare fees.

Full details can be found on the website.

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