2 Year Funding Explained (15 Hours)

Great News, we offer the 2 funding scheme, and offer flexible hours to suit all parents.

Q. Who can apply?

A. A parent or carer can apply if they receive at least one of the following:

  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Income support

  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Child Tax Credits and an income of less than £16,190

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guarantee element of the State Pension Credit

  • Children looked after by the local authority may also be eligible

There are also a number of criteria that apply to your child rather than to you as a parent.

If any of the following apply, your child will be entitled to the free hours allowance for two-year-olds:

  • they are looked after by their local authority

  • they get Disability Living Allowance

  • they have a current statement of Special Education Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan

  • they have left care under a Special Guardianship Order, Child Arrangements Order or Adoption Order.

Q. How much childcare is available?

A. If eligible, your child can receive up to 570 hours free child care per year.

Q. How does it work?

There are various options to suit all parents and unlike most settings we let you choose how to take your free 15 hours . We even allow you to mix your morning and afternoon sessions.


Just choose how many hours you want per week and the days and sessions that best suit you.


Options include:

A. 15 hours per week, for up to 38 weeks of the year OR

B. 11.17 hours per week, for up to 51 weeks of the year.

Option 1 sessions are:

Morning     08:00 till 13:00

Afternoon  13:00 till 18:00

Full Day      08:00 till 18:00


This equates to x3 5 hour sessions per week. For example you could choose 3 morning sessions per week or 1 full day and one afternoon per week. 

Option 2 sessions are:

Morning    8:30 till 11:30

Afternoon 11:45 till 15:45

This equates to x5 3 hour sessions per week.

Q. When could my child start?

A. If your child is eligible for 2-year funding they can start their childcare the term after their 2nd birthday.

Q. How do you apply?

A. Please ask and we can help you complete your application.  Once the council has received your application and if you are eligible, they will send you a letter to let you know you are entitled to the 2-year funding. Simply show this letter to us  and register your child free of charge.


Q. Are there any restrictions?

A. There are some limitations on how the 15 hours allowance should be used, and these are set by the government.

They are in place to ensure nurseries have the flexibility to offer the free hours to parents with different requirements and to protect parents from extra costs.

The entitlement scheme specifies that the 15 free hours can be:

  • taken between two and five days a week in sessions that are individually no longer than 10 hours and no shorter than 2.5 hours

  • used in sessions that do not start before 8am or end after 6pm

2 Year Funding Explained (30 hours) 

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year).


You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work - or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave

  • each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week - this is £125.28 if you’re over 25

For more details on support that is available for childcare costs visit: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or contact us directly.

Contact Us 

125-127 King Street
CH44 0BZ
0151 345 7460



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