Early years funding entitlements

Gov.uk gives full details on who can get free childcare.

Two year olds

Some two-year-old children may be eligible to 15 hours a week funded early education and childcare from the term after their second birthday – up to 570 hours per year.

For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit our Family Information page.

If you need help with your application or would like further information please contact the Family Information Service team on: 0118 937 3777, option 2 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email: fis@reading.gov.uk.

Universal funding for three and four year olds

All three and four year old children are entitled to 15 hours a week funded early education and childcare from the term after their third birthday – up to 570 hours per year.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they may also be entitled to a sum of money paid to their school or childcare setting. The Early Year’s Pupil Premium gives providers of early education and childcare extra funding to support and boost the learning of certain three and four year olds.

For more information on the Universal funding, please visit our Family Information Service page.

30 hours funding for three and four year olds

Some three and four year old children may be entitled to an additional 15 hours a week funded early education and childcare from the term after their third birthday – up to 1,140 hours per year.

For more information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit our Family Information Service page.

If you need help with your 30 hour application, please contact HMRC’s Childcare Service Helpline on 0300 123 4097 (Mon-Fri: 8am to 6pm)