Funded childcare places

When your child is eligible

You can start claiming your funded places the period after your child turns 3 (or the period after your child turns 2 if they are eligible). The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

 

Visit the Childcare Choices website for more information and to apply.

 
Child’s birthday between: When you can claim:
1 January to 31 March From the 1 April following their 3rd birthday, or if eligible, following their 2nd birthday
1 April to 31 August From the 1 September following their 3rd birthday, or if eligible, following their 2nd birthday
1 September to 31 December From the 1 January following their 3rd birthday, or if eligible, following their 2nd birthday

Example:
Your child turns 3 years old on 15 February, therefore they will become eligible for the funded place from the 1 April.

Starting school

Your child may be offered a place in a reception class when they are 4 years old if you've applied for a school place.

Once a child is attending school, even on a part-time basis, you're no longer entitled to funding.

Your child doesn't have to attend school until they are compulsory school age (the term after their fifth birthday).

Further information about starting school is in the 'Your Guide to Primary Education'.