The free entitlement is term time only (38 weeks). The maximum number of hours parents can claim is 15 hours per week for 38 weeks.

A parent can use all 15 hours with Green dragon nursery or split the claim over two childcare providers. However, the total claim per child must not exceed 15 hours per week.

When does a child become eligible for funding?

Children are eligible for funding from the first term after the date they turn three years old to the last term before they attend school.

  • Children born between 1 January — 31 March become eligible in summer term (May — Aug).
  • Children born between 1 April — 31 August become eligible in Autumn Term (Sept — Dec).
  • Children born between 1 September — 31 December become eligible in Spring Term (Jan — Apr).