11th July 2016

Government funding

All 3-4 year olds in England and some 2 year olds are eligible for government-funded childcare.

Two year old funding

If your child is two, you may qualify for up to 15 hours of government-funded early years education each week. You may be eligible for free childcare if your two year old child:

See Government criteria

East Street Early Years is an approved provider of free early education.  There are session options available for two year old funded children and should you be eligible you will be advised of which sessions are available.  If funding is approved, it will continue until the term after your child’s third birthday, even if your circumstances change.

Universal Childcare for 3-5 year olds

All children are entitled to a free universal early education place starting the term after their third birthday. The entitlement is 15 hours of free early learning and care per week, provided over a minimum of 38 weeks of the year. The 15 hours will be available on a flexible basis, and the following will apply:

  • the minimum time your child can attend a day is 3 hours and the maximum is 10 hours (6 hours only funded on each day)
  • if accessed over 38 weeks (term time only), the 15 hours must be taken over a minimum of two days a week
  • parents of children due to receive or receiving the funding will be asked to complete an entitlement form each term. The Manager ensures that all statutory obligations are met.

East Street Early Years are an approved provider of universal childcare and offer various sessions.

A child becomes eligible for a free place from 1 September, 1 January or 1 April following their third birthday until they reach statutory school age, or start full-time education in school reception classes before reaching compulsory school age.

So, children who are three between:

  • 1 April and 31 August will have a free place from the following September
  • 1 September and 31 December will have a free place from the following January
  • 1 January and 31 March will have a free place from the following April

30 hours’ free childcare

Your 3-4 year old may be eligible for 30 hours’ free childcare.

see government criteria

Claiming funded hours from East Street Early Years

Each term you will be requested to complete a funding declaration form that is requested by Oxfordshire County Council Local Authority to confirm how many funded hours you intend to claim. From time to time the Local Authority may audit children’s attendance at the setting to ensure this correlates to the funding being claimed. East Street Early Years then provide staff for the full sessions that children have been booked in.

If you require any further information or clarification with regards to funding please speak with Theresa Baker, Early Years Manager, or visit the Government website: Help paying for childcare     Childcare Choices website