Caring for children aged 3 months – 12 years in Clacton-on-Sea
 Caring for children aged 3 months – 12 yearsin Clacton-on-Sea

Free early years education and childcare

At Willow Tree Nursery, we welcome parents who are entitled to the FREE funding even though we are a private nursery. All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.

 

The free early education and childcare can be at:

  • all types of nurseries and nursery classes
  • playgroups and pre-school
  • childminders
  • Sure Start Children’s Centres

3 to 4 year old children

You can start claiming free childcare after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

 

Child’s birthday                              When you can claim
1 January to 31 March                      the beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August                           the beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December           the beginning of term on or after 1 January

2 year old children

Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare.

 

You must be getting one of the following:

  • 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
  • Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and have an annual income under £16,190
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

 

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • they’re looked after by a local council
  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan
  • they get Disability Living Allowance
  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

 

If your child is eligible, you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

 

Child’s birthday                                    When you can claim
1 January to 31 March                            the beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August                                 the beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December                 the beginning of term on or after 1 January

Further information on 2 year old and 3 year old funding is available below:

 

The Government Website

 

Money Saving Expert

Take a look at our What's New section for more info.

Funding information

FREE education and childcare entitlement for 2 - 4 year olds explained here.

Prospectus request

Please use our Prospectus Request form in order to receive a copy of our printed prospectus and application forms.

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Address

Willow Tree Nursery & Children's Centre, Chingford Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 4US.

 

Opening Hours: 7:45am - 6:00pm

Tel: 01255 221 473

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