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We offer the Free Early Years Entitlement funding for all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds.

3 & 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week over 38 weeks from the term following their 3rd birthday until they reach compulsory school age (the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday). This means that if their birthday is during the period April to August they would access their free funded sessions from the following September; if birthday is during the period September to December they would access their free funded sessions from the following January; and if born during the period January to March they would access their free funded sessions after the Easter break in April). 

New 30 Hour Entitlement starting September 2017

The government is making changes to the Early Education and Childcare offer from September 2017. Currently, 3 and 4-year-old children are eligible for 570 hours of childcare a year –at St Giles Nursery School is broken down to 15 hours each week over 38 weeks of the year.

From September 2017 many working parents of 3 to 4 year olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of funded childcare – rather than the current 15 hours. At St Giles Nursery school we propose that this will be 30 hours free for 38 weeks per year, which is equivalent to school term times.

Not every child will be eligible for the 30 hours but everyone will still receive the 15 hours funded childcare that is currently available.

The eligibility rules for 30 hours funded childcare are as follow:

  • Your child will be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts (September 2017).
  • Both parents must be working – or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family.
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.
  • Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000.
  • You live in England.

Parents will not necessarily need to actually work 16 hours a week, but their earnings must reflect at least 16 hours of work at NMW or NLW. This means that,  a working parent who is over 25 will need to earn a weekly minimum equivalent of £115.20 whereas a working parent who is 21 will need to earn weekly minimum equivalent of around £107 (at this year’s rates).  Parents on zero contract hours who meet the criteria are included in the entitlement criteria

For further information about the 30 Hour Entitlement please read the following attachments:

30 Hours – DfE Frequently Asked Questions

30 Hours – Eligibility

Eligible 2 year olds can access the funded 15 hours from the term following their 2nd birthday.

The criteria for 2 year old funding includes:

  • Families that receive Universal Credit and have annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190.
  • Children who have a current statement of special educational needs / an education, health or care plan – Children who attract Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
  • Children who leave care through adoption orders, residence orders, or special guardianship.

To apply for 2 year old funding, visit or telephone 0800 195 1635

On admission, you will be requested to fill in a Parent Declaration Form stating how many hours your child attends nursery. This information is then submitted to the Local Authority so that you can gain your child’s free place.  These forms are required to be completed termly.

Additional Purchased Sessions

From September 2017 we will be offering Breakfast, Lunch and Afterschool sessions to purchase.

3 and 6 hour additional sessions are also available as purchasable sessions. For times and prices please see the link below.

Session Times

Welcome Pack Information