Government Funded Childcare
The Government provided funded childcare for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years. Funded childcare is only available for 38 weeks of the year.
Funded childcare is available the term after the child’s 2nd or 3rd birthday.
– Born between 1st April and 31st August – funding eligible from 1st September
– Born between 1st September and 31st December – funding eligible from 1st January
– Born between 1st January and 31st March – funding eligible from 1st April
2 year olds
If your child is 2 years old you may be eligible to receive 15 hours funded childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year. There is current criteria which must be met to be approved for the 2 year old funding, for further information and to check if you are eligible you can call Gloucestershire’s Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or Freephone 0800 5420202
3 and 4 year olds
All children ages 3 and 4 years are entitled to 15 Universal hours funded childcare per week, over 38 weeks of the year. A further 15 hours if offered (extended 15 hours totalling 30 hours per week) to working families. Parents will need to register and check if they are eligible for the extended 15 hours, but parents can usually get 30 hours childcare if you (and your partner) are in work and each are earning at least the National Minimum Wage of Living Wage for 16 hours a week and earn less than £100,000 per annum.
Please note that all funding is only available for 38 weeks of the year, and it will be apportioned by Gloucestershire County Council if your child attends more than one setting, how you choose to use your funded place will depend on your personal circumstances and availability of sessions. Funded places at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery are available, these can be used on a term time only basis or can be factored into your existing nursery booking, therefore depending on your individual place arrangements additional charges will be made for hours not covered by the funding.
For further advice and guidance on funded childcare and what additional support is available childcare cost please visit the following websites:
Childcare Choices website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
Childcare Calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator