30 Hours Childcare Funding

Childcare Choices
  • Childcare Choices - Up to 30 Hours Childcare Funding

  • The government has recently introduced new ways to help parents fund their childcare costs under a scheme called ‘Childcare Choices’.

    Under the Childcare Choices scheme there are now two levels of funding available to parents with young children; the 15 hour and 30 hour childcare funding schemes. These schemes are open to parents depending on the age of their children and their personal circumstances and are designed to help parents go out to work.

    As a local nursery we are able to accept children under these funding schemes and we welcome applications from parents entitled to this kind of funding.

    Below you will find some brief information on the funding schemes and links to further resources on the Childcare Choices and Government websites where you will also find the application forms.

  • 15 Hours Childcare Funding Scheme

    The 15 hours funding scheme is for all families in England with children between 3 and 4 years old and provides 15 hours of free early education childcare per week.

    In some circumstances where parents are receiving forms of support, this funding may be provided for parents with children as young as 2 years old.

    • For all families in England
    • Children aged between 3 and 4 years old
    • 15 hours free childcare or early education per week
  • 30 Hours Childcare Funding Scheme

    All children aged 3-4 years old already receive 15 hours per week, or 570 hours a year of free early education. If the parents are living and working in England, they may be entitled to the 30 hours funding scheme which began in September 2017. This scheme allows for an additional 15 hours a week (or 570 hours a year) of free childcare, providing a total of 30 hours per week or 1140 hours per year which can be used flexibly with one or more childcare provider.

    The scheme is intended to help parents that need childcare so that they or their partner, if they have one, can work. If your child is already in a full-time reception class in a state funded school, you will not be eligible for 30 hours free childcare.


    • For working families in England
    • Children aged between 3 and 4-years old
    • An extra 15 hours per week of free childcare - 30 in total
    • A total of 1,140 hours per year
    • Hours can be flexibly used with one or more childcare provider