Early Years Free Entitlement

Early Years Free Entitlement 

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England receive up to 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is know as Universal Early Years Funding Entitlement, (15 hours free childcare) 

You may also be entitled to Extended Early Years Funding Entitlement, which provides an additional 570 hours of free childcare per year. You can check your child’s eligibility here

Both universal and extended entitlement is ‘stretched’ across the year.

When you can start claiming

The date you can start claiming depends on yourchild’s birthday. The Free Entitlement starts the term following yourchild’s third birthday (see the chart below). 

Child's Birthday When you can claim
1st January to 31st March The beginning of the term on or after 1st April
1st April to 31st August The beginning of the term on or after 1st September
1st September to 31st December The beginning of the term on or after 1st January

For example: If your child was born on 15th June 2016. You can receive free childcare when the next term starts after 1st September 2019.

Parents who wish to claim the Free Entitlement must register their child with the nursery no later than the headcount date provided by West Sussex County Council. The Nursery will provide all parents with a Parent Declaration Form, which the parents of all eligible children must complete and sign. This must be returned to the Nursery Manager along with your child’s original Birth Certificate or Passport. The nursery shall take a photocopy of the original and retain the photocopy and completed Parent Declaration form for audit purposes. It is the parent’s responsibility to amend and sign the Parent Declaration form when any personal and/or attendance details change.  

As we are open throughout the year, the entitlement is split over the weeks in which we are open. Please speak to the Nursery manager for further information.

We make a small charge for meals whilst your child is at Nursery during the Free Entitlement session.