Government Funding

15 Hour Funding

All children in Gloucestershire are entitled to 15 hours a week funded early years education, which can be claimed by the pre-school from the term after your child is 3 years old. In order for us to claim this funding on your behalf we must see your child’s original birth certificate ahead of their start date.

For more information on this funding, please visit:

Until a child is funded, we charge £6.50 per hour, payable in advance on a half-termly basis.

If you would like your child to do more than 15 hours a week in pre-school, you will be billed for any extra hours at a cost of £6.50 per hour, payable on a half-termly basis.

2 Year Old Funding

2 year old funding can be used for 3 year old children before their 3 year old funding becomes active. Your child may be eligible for 2 year old funding if your family meets the criteria for free school meals, receive working tax credits or has a household income of less than £16,190.

For more information on 2 year old funding, please contact the family information service:

30 Hour Funding

You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare. If you’re eligible for the extra hours, you sign up online to get a code which you need to then provide us with.

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week – this is £120 if you’re over 25. This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

You’re not eligible if:

  • your child doesn’t usually live with you
  • the child is your foster child
  • either you or your partner has a taxable income over £100,000

To find out more details and to apply visit the Government website here.

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