North East Lincolnshire Council

Three and four year old funding

Universal 15 hours funding  – ALL 3 and 4 year old children are eligible for 570 hours a year (15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year), the term after their 3rd birthday, up until they enter reception or they are Statutory school age (the term after they are five).  This is known as the Universal offer of Flexible Free Entitlement

A Child born on or between Will become eligible for a free place
1 April and 31 August 1 September following their third birthday
1 September and 31 December 1 January following their third birthday
1 January and 31 March 1 April following their third birthday

Extended 30 Hours Free Entitlement of 3 and 4 year old Funding

In addition to the Universal Offer of Flexible Free entitlement, from September 2017 if you are working you could double your childs entitlement  to 1140 hours per year (30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year) the term after your childs third birthday.

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You must meet the criteria:

As a parent/carer you (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work

Both parents or the parents and partner or the lone parent must be earning the equivalent of 16 hours at the National Living Wage ie £115 a week or the National Minimum Wage up to £100,000 per parent/carer.

You may also be eligible if one or both parents are employed but away from work eg. Maternity, paternity, adoption leave, long term sickness.

You can choose for your child to receive their early years provision from a registered provider.  For more details about these providers please visit the Families First Information Service online Directory. You can also contact the Families First Information Service on 01472 326292 option 1 or email us at 

You may claim your childs Universal Free Entitlement and Extended Entitlement  from more than one provider however, no more than 2 providers in a single day.  Where available this can be taken between 6am and 8pm, 7 days a week and all year round (not just term time).

Eligibility for the Extended Free Entitlement is determined by HMRC through the governments online childcare service.

Families First Information Service, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU


Telephone: 01472 326292 (option 1)

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