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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 directory can provide more information on details of nurseries, preschools and childminders who offer funded early education places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Watch our videos outlining Jo, Nicole and Amy's story.   These local parents talk about how funded childcare has helped their child with special educational needs. 

Check out our videos outlining Jo, Nicole and Amy's stories about funded places. 

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.

Families must meet a criteria as funding is to help those most in need, parents on income support, low income households.

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 per week.

Childcare providers could claim up to a maximum of £342 per year for each eligible child, this equates to an extra 0.60 pence per hour. 

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

30 hours childcare

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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, many families will meet the eligibility crterioa and application must be made on line via Childcare Choices

Parents who are successful must provided their code to their early years setting so they can claim for these additional hours.

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 per week could be eligible to apply additional funding through the Disability Access Fund (DAF).

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

Parents should speak to their childcare setting about this, 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

Families could be entitled to claim for up £2000 per year for any child if the crterion is met. 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:

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

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: