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30 hour offer

are you entitled to 30 hours free early education?

Since September 2017, children of working parents can apply for 30 hours free early education. There is an eligibility criterion that families need to meet;

  • Both parents work at least 16 hours per week at minimum of living wage (this includes 0 hour contracts and self-employed)

  • Families where one parent is unable to work, may still be eligible if any of the following is applicable;

    • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on maternity or paternity leave​

    • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on adoption leave

    • Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay

    • One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring

    • One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits.

The 'specific benefits' mentioned above are as follows;

  • Incapacity benefit

  • Severe disablement allowance (DLA)

  • Long term incapacity benefit

  • Carers' allowance

  • Employment and support allowance

  • National insurance credits on the grounds of incapacity for work or limited capability for work

If families are eligible, your child can start receiving their 30 hours entitlement the school term after they turn three.


To find out if you are entitled, use the government website

If you are eligible, then once you have your funding code, please provide this to us. 

when to apply?

Families need to apply for their 30 hour entitlement and receive their funding code during the school term before their child starts nursery. The Government have a closing date for applications at the end of each term;

Autumn term December 31st

Spring term March 31st

Summer term August 31st

Failure to apply during the school term before your child starts, will defer your 30 hours starting until next term. When you receive a 30 hour code, please check the start date. Once you provide us with the code we will also check when it is valid from and until.

Don't forget to renew your code every three months

Every three months you will receive a text or email to confirm that your financial circumstances have remained the same. Failure to confirm, will trigger a 3 month grace period and your funding maybe withdrawn at the end of it.

If your financial circumstances have changed, let them know, as you will also be given a three month grace period for the circumstances to return.

how your 30 hour entitlement works at fullbrook nursery 

Your child's 30 hours of early education are divided equally across 5 days per week during school term time.

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 2.00pm (school term time only). Children can arrive anytime between 8.00am and 8.40am.

Additional Charges

50p per day for those children who would like to eat some breakfast

Any additional hours taken after 2.00pm

Additional Hours

These can be arranged on a weekly basis and meet the needs of a parent's employment. Additional hours can be purchased between 2.00 - 4.00pm at the cost of £4.50 per hour.

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