Free Early Education
All 3 and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-olds are entitled to a certain amount of free early education and childcare.
As a parent or carer, you may also be entitled to national benefits and tax credits to help you pay for additional childcare. If you are working, your employer may also offer you Childcare Vouchers.
education for 2-year-olds
Some 2-year-olds can get up to 15 hours of free childcare each week for 38 weeks a year. Here in Kent, these 38 weeks are in line with three academic periods (autumn, spring and summer). This is a national scheme.
If your child is eligible the free hours start in the term after their second birthday.
The scheme is currently available to 2-year-olds:
• who are looked after by the local authority
• who are no longer looked after by the local authority as a result of an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a residence order
• who have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
• whose parents receive specific benefits
education for 3 and 4-year-olds
All 3 and 4-year-olds can have up to 15 hours of free childcare each week for 38 weeks a year. This entitlement will start the term after their 3rd birthday.
Here in Kent, these 38 weeks are in line with school term dates. This is a national scheme and every child in England is entitled to have this. You can use your 15 hours to cover the full number of hours that your child is at our setting (if they currently spend 15 hours with us) and if you want more than 15 hours, you will need to pay the extra cost yourself. If your child is with us less than 15 hours, you will be covered for the amount of hours they are at the setting.
Full details of the above can be found on www.kent.gov.uk/education, or feel free to discuss any of these points with either your child’s key person, or with our manager.
Please note that when closed on Bank Holidays, we do offer an alternative free session for our funded children.