Funding for childcare

Free childcare and education

As an approved childcare provider, we are able to offer free childcare and education for 2 to 4-year-olds.

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. (Information on 30 hours childcare a week below.)

Some 2-year-olds are also eligible, we are registered for 2 year old funding through Devon County council.

Our fees for any additional hours: from 1st April 2020 the new rates are £4.16 for 3- and 4-year olds and £4.98 for 2-year olds, in line with Devon County Council funding rates. 

We also accept employer’s childcare vouchers where applicable.


We accept applications from any child. We will endeavour to accommodate any additional needs a child has. We will provide a support worker where needed, if funding is available.

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Funding for childcare

30 hours free childcare and tax-free childcare, for working families in England:

  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • An extra 15 hours a week of free childcare – so 30 in all
  • Parents of children who will be 3 on 31st August can apply now

Is it for me?

If eligible, you’re entitled to an extra 570 hours of free childcare a year to use flexibly, so 1140 hours in total.

You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage). 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.

You can’t get 30 hours free childcare if you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more.

Available at participating:

  • Nurseries and nursery classes
  • Playgroups and pre-school
  • Childminders
  • Sure Start Children’s Centres

Tax free childcare

From early 2017 working parents eligible for Tax-Free Childcare can set up an online Tax-Free Childcare account to pay for their childcare.

For every £8 a parent pays into their Childcare Account, the government adds an extra £2. Parents could get up to £2,000 per child per year towards their childcare costs, or up to £4,000 for a child with a disability.

Childcare Choices website, an excellent source of information on funding


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