Free Nursery Places
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When can my Child start free Nursery Education?
Your child becomes eligible for a free Government Early Years Nursery Education Grant from the start of the school term after their third birthday. This means that most three year olds will be able to start a free Nursery or Pre-School place in the September, January or April following their third birthday.
Your child’s birthday must be before:
• 31 March will be eligible for free Pre-School education from the Summer Term (April)
• 31 August will be eligible for free Pre-School education from the Autumn Term (September)
• 31 December will be eligible for free Pre-School education from the Spring term (January)
How many funded hours can my Child have?
Your Child is entitled to a maximum of 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. This is split into five 3 hour sessions, we can adjoin two sessions together in the same day.
How do I get free Nursery Education?
Parents do not need to apply for the funding. Each term Tynemouth Nursery claims on behalf of the parents for the number of sessions their child will be attending and the Local Authority will then pay the funding directly to us.
The funding is not paid directly to parents. Your fees will be reduced to reflect the number of free hours you wish your child to receive.
Remember you may also be entitled to the Working Families Tax Credit to help you with the cost of child care fees not covered by the Early Years Education Funding.
What do I do now?
To obtain free childcare (for 3-4 year olds) simply choose your preferred nursery below and book a visit on line.
Tynemouth Nursery at the Academy
Tynemouth Nursery at Billy Mill
Tynemouth Nursery at Jesmond