Funded Sessions

Information on 2,3 & 4 year funding , 30 hours and Tax Free Childcare

All 3 and 4 year olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education, each week for 38 weeks of the year. Here at Farmyard Friends this funding can be, if you wish, stretched over 51 weeks of the year and hours can be used within a variety of session times. 

You choose how you wish to use this early education funding and where you would like to use it. Hours can be shared and used between settings. For example you could choose to access 2 x 3 hour session at your local school nursery and use the remaining 9 hours at your child's day nursery and pre school.  Many parents do not realise that this is an option.

You can start claiming this funding the term after your child's 3rd birthday. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday falls.

If your child's birthday falls between :They are eligible for funding from :
1st April and 31st AugustThe beginning of the term on are after 1st September
1st September and 31st DecemberThe beginning of the term after 1st January
1st January and 31st MarchThe beginning of the term on or after 1st April

Your 2 year old may be entitled to 15 hours of two year old early education funding, for 38 weeks of the year, if you meet certain criteria set by the government. Further information on whether you are entitled to this can be found at or by contacting the FISH team on (01482) 396469. You can start claiming this funding the term after your child's 2nd birthday, again the date depends on when your child's birthday falls. Please use the table above for clarification.

Farmyard Friends is registered to accept Tax Free Childcare payments. This is an online payment account which parent's use solely to pay their childcare costs. For every £8 that families pay in, the government will make a top up payment of £2. Further information can be found at

Farmyard Friends are offering the 30 Hours Extended Funded entitlement. To qualify for this both parents or a lone parent must be working over 16 hours per week and earning under £100,000 each. To see if you are eligible for this please visit Should you require any assistance with your application please contact FISH on (01482)396469 and for information on session times and availability please contact Farmyard Friends.