Childcare Funding

3-5 Year Old Funding

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to 1140 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare. Start dates depend on their date of birth.

Children are entitled to up to 1140 hours of funded ELC and will also receive a free meal if they attend 4 or more consecutive hours per day at a setting and attend over a mealtime.

The private sector funding process does not commence until July. We will keep you fully informed and up to date with the application process as soon as we have the information through from the council.

Please find attached our current funding year’s information pack. If you are planning ahead for next year’s funding, please use the attached information as a guide only as this information does change year in, year out.


Eligible 2’s

Some 2-year olds may be entitled to up to 1140 hours of funded ELC if their family is in receipt of certain benefits or allowances. Please check our website for further information Eligible 2's

Or email

If entitlement has been confirmed, you will be entitled to funding from the term following your child’s second birthday until they are eligible for an ELC place in their ante pre-school year.