Goverment Childcare Choices

Childcare Choices

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Nursery Educational Grant funding

The Nursery Education Grant has been introduced by the Government to provide a free early education place (at least part-time) for many 3 year olds and all 4 year olds. If you have a 3 or 4 year old child you may be eligible for this.

How much is the grant?

The amount of grant available per child may change from year to year depending on government funding.Please contact us for details of the current amount that can be obtained.

For eligible children the grant per term covers the cost of 5 sessions per week (each session lasts at least 2½ hours). Payment of grant will be reduced proportionally for a child attending fewer than 5 sessions per week.

The cost of any provision additional to the 5 sessions may have to be met by the parents.

Which children are eligible for grant?

The grant will be available for children from the start of the term following their third birthday until they start in a reception class.

A child aged three by:

  • 31 March will be eligible for grant in the Summer Term
  • 31 August will be eligible for grant in the Autumn Term
  • 31 December will be eligible for grant in the Spring term

Grants can only be claimed for children attending nursery at the beginning of a term. If you think your child may be eligible for a grant next term, you should contact us about this as soon as possible.