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15 & 30 Hour Funding


The 2-year-olds’ childcare scheme offers free childcare for children whose parents or carers are on a low income. You can get free childcare of you are receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit and an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credits and annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year

Families that do not meet the above criteria will still be eligible any of the following apply. The child:

  • has a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an education, health and care plan
  • is entitled to Disability Living Allowance
  • is looked after by the council
  • has left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order

If you receive one of these benefits you can get to 15 hours of free childcare for 38 weeks of the year.

Funding is available for a minimum of 38 weeks per year, but can be stretched to cover up to 52 weeks to cover less hours over more weeks.

You may only use this funding for approved Ofsted-registered childcare providers.


All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year.

Some children are also entitled to 30-hours funding, but this is dependent on a number of factors. Please visit the Governments 30-hour funding page to find out more.

This applies until children reach compulsory school age. The funding is paid directly to us.

The following tells you when you can claim the 15 hours:

  • Born between 1 January and 31 March -eligible from the summer term (after the Easter holidays)
  • Born between 1 April and 31 August -eligible from the autumn term (September)
  • Born between 1 September and 31 December -eligible from the spring term (January)

It’s up to you where you use your child’s free entitlement as long as it is at an Ofsted registered setting.

Funding with Kingdom Kids Childcare (KKC) is flexible. Please contact us for further details on our flexibility.  You can pay for extra childcare on top of your free 15 hours if you need it.

* The 15 hour/ 30 hour funding is not inclusive of any meals, outings or activities