What funding can my child get?

You can view all your options here: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

If your child is 2 years old

Your 2-year-old can get free 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, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • child tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

You may have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.

If you are not entitled to 2 year old funding, please contact Rachel, Sam or Niki for more information on 01216757578 or at help@castlevalenursery.co.uk


If your child is 3 years old or over

  • Free 15 hour education
  • All 3 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free education over 38 weeks from the term after their 3rd birthday.


Free 30 hours education

Your child may be entitled to 30 hours of free education over 38 weeks if you meet certain criteria. Your eligibility depends on:

  • if you are working
  • your income (and your partner’s income, if you have one)
  • your child’s age and circumstances
  • your immigration status

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.

If you are working

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work
  • on sick leave or annual leave
  • on shared parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave

If you’re on adoption leave for a child aged 3 to 4 years old, you must return to work within 31 days of the date you first apply for 30 hours free childcare for that child.

See the website for more other criteria: https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

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