Support with funding

There are several government funding options for families whose children attend nursery, which include:

  • 2 year old funding (15 hours)
  • 3 & 4 year old funding (15 hours)
  • 30 hours childcare – only accessible for 3 year olds and up
  • Tax-Free childcare – available at all ages
  • Tax credits for childcare- available at all ages

All children regardless of their circumstances are eligible for 15 hours (3 & 4year old funding) which will begin the term following their 3rd birthday. This funding will be usable until your child moves up into Primary School!

Government funding can only be used during term-time (when schools are open) and cannot be banked for use in the holidays or Inset Days.

What types of funding is there?

15 Hours Free Childcare for 2 year olds

  • For families in England, receiving some forms of support
  • For families with a 2 year old child
  • 15 hours of free childcare every week

To be able to take up 15 hours of free childcare for your two year old, you or your child must meet the eligibility criteria. Please see GOV.UK for further information on your eligibility.

15 Hours Free Childcare for 3 & 4 year olds

  • For families in England with a 3 or 4 year old child
  • 15 hours of free childcare every week

You do not need to do anything to get 15 Hours Free Childcare for your 3 or 4 year old – this funding is statutory meaning all children, no matter their circumstances, receive it the term following their 3rd birthday.

30 Hours Free Childcare for 3 & 4 year olds

  • For working families in England
  • With a 3 or 4 year old child
  • 30 hours of free childcare every week

To be able to take up 30 hours of free childcare for your three or four year old, you or your child must meet the eligibility criteria. Please see GOV.UK for further information on your eligibility.

Once checking your eligibility, you can apply for 30 hours of free childcare by clicking this link: Apply for 30 Hours Free Childcare

If you are unsure on what to do, please click on the buttons below for support. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on nursery@gooseberrybush.org for assistance!

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