Muddy Boots 

Funded Childcare

We understand how important it is for parents to find affordable, high-quality childcare. That’s why we’re pleased to offer funded childcare sessions in line with UK government guidelines. Here’s everything you need to know about how these sessions work and how your family can benefit.

What Are Funded Childcare Sessions?

In the UK, the government provides funding for childcare to ensure that all children have access to early education. This funding helps cover the cost of nursery care and is available for children aged 2, 3, and 4 years old, depending on your circumstances.

Eligibility for Funded Childcare

For 2 year olds

Some 2-year-olds are eligible for up to 15 hours of free childcare per week if their family receives certain benefits (e.g., Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit) or if the child has special educational needs or disabilities, or is in or has left care. - **New for Working Parents (April 2024)**: Working parents of 2-year-olds are now eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week, providing more support for families balancing work and childcare.

For 3 and 4-Year-Olds:

- **15 Hours Entitlement**: All 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week during term time (38 weeks per year). - **30 Hours Entitlement**: Many working families can access up to 30 hours of free childcare per week. To qualify, parents must each earn at least the equivalent of 16 hours per week at the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage and earn less than £100,000 per year.

Children from 9 Months Old

From September 2024 Working families with children aged 9 months and older are now eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week. This extension aims to provide greater flexibility and financial relief for families earlier in their child’s development. From September 2025 this will increase to 30hours for all working parents of children from 9months.

The changes to funding

Exciting updates to funded childcare have come into effect in 2024, expanding support for working families. As of April 2024, working parents of 2-year-olds are now eligible for 15 hours of free childcare per week, making early education more accessible. Additionally, starting from September 2024 Parents of children from 9 months old can now benefit from 15 hours of funded childcare per week. In September 2025 this will increase to 30hours for all working parents of children from 9months.


How Funded Sessions Work at Our Nursery

  • 15-Hour Entitlement: Your child can attend our nursery for up to 15 hours per week, spread over several days. These hours can be used flexibly to suit your schedule. You can claim a maximum of 6 hours and a minimum of 3hours per day. There is an option to spread throughout the whole year.
  • 30-Hour Entitlement: For families eligible for the extended 30 hours, we offer a variety of session times to fit around your working hours. These can be taken as part-time sessions across the week or as full days.

Applying for Funded Childcare

  1. Check Your Eligibility: Visit the Childcare Choices website to check your eligibility for funded childcare and to apply for the 30-hour entitlement if applicable.
  2. Register with Us: Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, get in touch with us to secure a place for your child. We’ll guide you through the registration process and help you with any paperwork.
  3. Claim Your Funding: We’ll claim the funding on your behalf, making the process hassle-free. All you need to do is provide the necessary documentation and agree on the sessions that suit your needs.

Benefits of Funded Childcare

  • Quality Early Education: Our nursery provides a stimulating and nurturing environment where your child can learn and grow.
  • Financial Relief: Funded sessions can significantly reduce your childcare costs.
  • Flexibility: Choose session times that work best for your family’s schedule.

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Get in touch 

If you have any questions about funded childcare sessions or need assistance with the application process, please contact the relevant nursery. We’re here to help you every step of the way!

Give your child the best start in their educational journey with Muddy Boots Nursery School. We look forward to welcoming you and your little one to our nursery family!