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 570 hours a year (15 hours per week) entitlement you can now double this to 1140 hours a year (30 hours per week).

In order to receive the additional hours you must meet the following criteria;

  • You (and your partner if you have one) must be working 16 hours per week or earning the equivalent at National Minimum Wage or Living Wage (around £125 a week at National Living Wage)
  • You or your partner expect to earn less than £100,000

If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.

Apply for the additional 15 hours free entitlement

Eligibility for the Extended Free Entitlement is determined by HMRC through the online gateway, if you have any queries please ring the freephone number 0300 143 4097 or apply online via Chidcare Choices.

Once you have received your 11 digit code 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, email us at or follow us on Facebook.

To keep your 30 hours free childcare place you will need to renew your eligibility every 3 months. To apply for this visit

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


Telephone: 01472 326292 (option 1)

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm  and Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm except bank holidays