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Funded early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds and help with childcare costs

Looking for a funded early education place in Staffordshire?

Our online directory can provide parents with details of local nurseries, preschools and childminders who offer funded early education places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Check out our videos outlining Jo, Nicole and Amy's story.   These local parents talk about how funded childcare has helped their children.

Think 2 - Funding for two year olds

Some families with 2 year old children could be eligibile for 15 hours of funded childcare per week over 38 weeks, or by spreading the 570 hours across more weeks of the whole year. Speak to you childcare provider for details.

Families must meet a criteria as funding is to help parents on income support, low income households and those with DLA, have EHCP or are in or have been in care. Parents can apply online.

Check eligibility and apply

3 and 4 year olds are all entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare

All children are entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare over 38 weeks, or the 570 hours is spread across a whole year, from the term after turning 3 years old.

Parents should simply enquiry with their childcare provider who will make the claim on your child's behalf. Find out more.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is extra funding that is available to support eligible 3 and 4 year olds who access the universal 15 funded hours.

Childcare providers could claim up to £342 per year for each eligible child, this equates to an extra 0.60 pence per hour against the universal hours.

Check out if your child is eligible and how EYPP can improve you child's education. Speak to your childcare provider about applying for EYPP.

30 hours childcare

Working families with children aged 3 & 4 years may now be able to benefit from an additional 15 hours of funded childcare (30 hours in total) to the equivalent of 1140 per year).

For this addtional 15 hours, families must meet the eligibility criteria and parent must make an application online via Childcare Choices (HMRC) who will confirm eligibility.

Parents who are successful must provide their code to their early years setting so they can claim for these additional hours on your behalf. Parents will be required to re-confirm their eligibility with Childcare Choices every 3 months.

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

Children aged 3 and 4 years old, who are in receipt of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and accessing universal 15 hours of funded child could be eligible to apply for additional funding through the Disability Access Fund (DAF).

Childcare providers could get access to a one a payment of £800 per calendar year for each eligible child that could aid in making reasonable adjustments at the setting and improve accessibility.

Potentially eligible parents should speak to their childcare setting about DAF. For more information and how to apply can be found on our DAF page

Tax free childcare – Up to £4,000 per year for a disabled child and £2000 per year all children to help towards childcare costs

Working families could be entitled to claim for up £2000 per year for any child if the family meet the eligibility criteria. For parents with a disabled child, up to £4,000 per year is available towards childcare costs. The funding can be used for childcare that parents pay for. 

To qualify - children children must be aged between 0-11 years (or 0-17 years for disabled children).

Tax-Free Childcare can be used all year round to help pay for cost at:

  • Registered childminders, nurseries and nannies
  • Registered after-school clubs and playschemes
  • Registered schools
  • Home careworkers working for a registered home care agency

Eligibility and application is handled thoruhg Childcare Choices (HMRC), for more information and to apply:

Visit the Childcare Choices website.

Other support for childcare costs

Other than Tax Free Childcare, further help could be available for parents through:

Parents who are in further education could get support through: