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Barleymont Group of Day Nurseries, Preschool, Afterschool and Holiday Club

TEL : 02085012673  / 07841911933

15 Hours Funding for Three and Four Year Olds

Free early learning places for 3 and 4 year olds

All three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of free early education a week term time until they either go into reception or reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday).

When is my child eligible?

The following dates show which term your child is eligible for Free Early Education Entitlement.  Please be aware that these dates are determined by central government and are in line with dates for School Admissions, and as such exceptions to this cannot be made. For example a child that turns three on 1st April would not be eligible for funding until the autumn term (from 1st September).

  • Born between 1st January to 31st March: Summer Term (April to August)
  • Born between 1st April to 31st August: Autumn Term (September to December)
  • Born between 1st September to 31st December: Spring term (January to April)

Universal 15 hours Early Years Entitlement can be taken flexibly by any parent (working or not) within the following limits:

  • The full 15 hours have to be taken over at least two days per week and a maximum of five days per week
  • A minimum of 2.5 hours can be taken in one day
  • A maximum of 10 hours can be taken in one day.

Parents can secure a place at the nursery if they only want to claim the universal 15 hours entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds, and will need to complete a Parent Declaration form at the nursery which is issued by the Local authority to accept the offer of 15 hours Universal Funding,

If you would like to request a place at our Nursery for free 15 hours for 3 and 4 year olds Universal Funding then please call  Nursery Manager 0n 02085012673 or email on