Nursery Funding

Free Entitlement for all 3 & 4 year olds

Your child is entitled to free nursery educationin in the form of a grant the term after their 3rd birthday, we will claim the grant on your behalf from Milton Keynes council.

Eligible 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week of free entitlement, which can be claimed for a total of 38 weeks per year over 3 terms.

Funding amounts and term lengths are decided by the Local Authority and are aligned as far as possible with school term dates.

The total amounts will be deducted from your normal monthly fee calculation. Depending on how many weeks there are in each term will depend on how much funding you receive;

  •  Spring term = 11 weeks
  •  Summer term = 13 weeks
  •  Autumn term = 14 weeks

To adhere to the councils code of practice from September 2010 the government has set limits to secure an offer which will enable children to access quality provisions, promote continuity whilst also maximising flexibility for parents and ensuring a degree of stability for providers. The limits are;

  • No session longer than 10 hours
  • No session shorter than 2.5 hours
  • Not before 8am or after 6pm
  • The full 15 hours over no fewer than three days (this would permit up to 12.5 hours over two days)

Each term you will need to complete a parental declaration form and provide a copy of your childs birth certificate prior to the first terms free entitlement

The Free Entitlement is now more flexible than ever and it gives children the chance to gain extra sessions into the pre school in preparation for their journey onto big school, however you can offset your 15 hours against your current sessions as long as they are in line with the code of practice limits.

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