Early Years Funding

3 & 4 Year old Funding

Free nursery education is available to all 3 and 4 year olds from the term after their third birthday. 15 hours per week is available and this can now be stretched out to include holiday periods.

The 15 hours can be used at registered childcare providers such as:

  • day nurseries

  • pre-schools/playgroups

  • nursery schools/classes and

  • accredited network childminders

You can divide the 15 hours between two providers if you wish.

30 hours Funding

Unlike before, from September 2017, children will now be being offered 30 funded hours (if parents meet a certain criteria) as opposed to the original 15.

Many working parents with three and four year olds will now be able to claim the additional 15 hours funding providing they earn more than £120 a week but less than £100,000 per annum.

To find out if you are eligible please visit the childcare choices website.

When is my child entitled to a free early education place?

  • Your child may access a place from the term after their third birthday, subject to the capacity of your chosen childcare provider

  • Children born between 1 April and 31 August will be eligible to a free place from 1 September following their third birthday

  • Children born between 1 September and 31 December will be eligible to a free place from 1 January following their third birthday

  • Children born between 1 January and 31 March will be eligible to a free place from 1 April following their third birthday

2 Year old Funding

Free 2 Year old funding is potentially available for children attending Toybox Great Denham. Bedford Borough Council offers up to 15 hours of free placement per week subject to their terms and conditions being met. Please note places are always subject to a space being available at Toybox. 

To see if you are eligible for 2 Year Old Funding please see the Bedford Borough Website for more information.