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What is the government's 30 hours 'free' childcare offering?

Bright Horizons are pleased to offer 30 hours funded childcare for all eligible families.

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England currently receive 15 hours a week government funded early education. If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours funded childcare, which is up to 1,140 hours per year in total!

If eligible you will be entitled to access the 30 funded hours from the beginning of the term following your child’s 3rd birthday. At Bright Horizons, we want to make sure that families of all attendance types can utilise this funding to its full potential. This is why we stretch the funding across 50 weeks as opposed to the term time 38 week period. This enables part-time families to access more of the funded hours than would otherwise be available to them if restricted under a term time structure. For more information about how this scheme works, please speak to your local nursery.

The Benefits of Preschool

Many families increase their child’s attendance at nursery as they move into the preschool class. An increase in the number of days children attend can help prepare them for the transition to ‘big school’. Three and four year olds are especially keen to develop their social skills and a preschool environment can support this development especially well. Children also benefit from the expansive learning through play opportunities that a highly qualified early years professional can provide, ensuring they leave for school well prepared socially, academically and emotionally.


Please click on the icons below to find out more about eligibility criteria.



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For more information about eligibility criteria, please visit the Childcare Choices website or download the Department for Education eligibility document by clicking the link below.

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