When to apply
30 Hours Free Early Education (F.E.E)
Does Early Learners Nurseries offer 30 hours free childcare?
We do! We spread the 1,140 free hours over 12 months (instead of 38 weeks), to help spread the savings throughout the year. This means that if your child attends nursery during half terms and holidays, you’ll benefit from free childcare every week – not just during term-time.
How do I know if I am entitled to 30 hours free childcare?
In order to receive 30 hours free childcare, you’ll need to be able to answer ‘Yes’ to the following questions:
Will my child be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts?
Are both parent/carers working (or am I as a sole parent/carer, working)?
Does each parent/carer earn (on average) the equivalent of 16 hours a week at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage?
Does each parent/carer have an annual income of less than £100,000?
Do I live in England?
Free Early Education
Eligibility & how it works
Parents will apply online and will be given a unique code; they must give this code to their provider, along with their national insurance number and child’s date of birth, so that the provider can confirm with their local authority or a provider portal that it is a valid code. If they are eligible, they will receive a 30 hours eligibility code. Parents will then have the choice to select the options available from the nursery. Choose your options below and contact your local nursery for availability. Apply early to avoid disappointment.
You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.
You can apply outside of these recommended dates but you might not receive your code in time. You must have a valid code by the end of the month before a new term starts. Check with your childcare provider to find out the exact date your 30 hours free childcare starts.
You have to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months. If you apply more than 3 months before the term starts, you’ll have to reconfirm your eligibility in your account in order to keep your code valid.
Early Learners rounds the weekly hours up to 22.5 and gives our parents more!
How we calculate 30 hours free childcare:
Is calculated: 30 hrs per week x 38 (weeks) = 1140 per annum
1140 divided by 51 (weeks) = 22.35 per week
Entitlement: 22½ hrs per week for 51 weeks per year.
Our Days & Sessions
Our Half Day(s) are 4½ hours per session:
Morning Session(s) 8am - 12:30pm
Afternoon Session(s) 12:30pm - 5pm
Our Full Day(s) are 9 hours per day:
Full Days(s) 8am - 5pm
2 full days(18hrs) & 1 part day(4.5hrs) = 22.5 hrs per week
1 full day(9hrs) & 3 part days(13.5hrs) = 22.5 hrs per week
5 mornings or 5 afternoons = 22.5 hrs per week
Understanding Additional Services:
Government funding is intended to deliver ‘Free Early Education’ (FEE) each week of free, high quality, flexible childcare. It is not intended to cover the costs of meals, other consumables, additional hours or additional services. Ref: Early Education and Childcare Statutory Guidance 2017
Tax Free Childcare
You’ll need the Government Gateway user ID to create your childcare account. You can apply online and you will be given a unique code; you must give this code to us, along with your national insurance number and child’s date of birth. We then confirm this information with the local authority to check the code is valid.
To register click on the ‘Childcare Services’ Link: