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Funding

Early Years Government Funded Childcare is money provided by central government to ensure that all eligible two, three and four year olds have access to quality early years education.

ALL three and four year olds and some two year olds are entitled to 570 hours of government funded nursery education per year (September to August).

Traditionally this funding was offered for 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year but can now be stretched over the full year in order to prevent higher bills during unfunded weeks – Therefore giving children 11.18 hours per week, 51 weeks of the year, instead of 15 hours per week, 38 weeks of the year.

From September 2017, many three and four year olds may now be entitled to a further 570 hours of government funded childcare a year – 1140 hours in total.

Therefore giving children 22.35 hour per week, 51 weeks of the year, instead of 30 hours per week, 38 weeks of the year.

For more information about funding and eligibility, please download our guide to childcare funding