Funded Child Care

For 3- and 4-year olds

Government funding for free child care for 3- and 4-year olds can be used at both our Sixpenny nurseries.

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of funded child care or early education each week for 38 weeks of the year (universal funding) or 30 hours, subject to eligibility extended child care. You can start claiming after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

Child’s birthday When you can claim
1 January to 31 March the beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August the beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December the beginning of term on or after 1 January


What am I entitled to?

Each 3-year old child is entitled to 15 funded hours child care per week.During funded sessions, we include all nappies, wet wipes, and pullups, but we do make an additional charge for breakfast, lunch and tea and snacks where appropriate.  There is also a charge on some sessions for additional services if your child attends a session where an additional service takes place for example french, sports, yoga, cooking, animal care and forest schooling.  Additional services takes place usually between 9 – 3pm each day.

How do I claim it?

If your child is eligible for funding, we’ll give you the ‘Free Early Years Entitlement Declaration Form’ to complete with your child’s details, and the total number of hours spent at the nursery. We’ll then claim funding on your behalf from the local authority for the Free Early Years Entitlement.

To discuss your options for using the funding for free child care with us, please come and speak to us, and have a look at our Nursery Education Funding Policy.

Useful Links

Government website – free early education and childcare

Wiltshire Council – free early education for 3 and 4 year olds.