Funding for the Early Years and Childcare Entitlement

15 hour entitlement for parents of three and four year olds (the universal entitlement)

All 3 to 4 year olds in England can get 570 hours of funded entitlement per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, although providers can choose to offer a ‘stretched offer’ of 570 hours over more weeks of the year (for example 11.4 hours over 50 weeks of the year).

The table below shows Bolton’s current hourly rate for the universal funded entitlement for three and four year olds:

Funding stream Funding based on Rate per hour
Three and four year olds funding hourly rate: Universal £4.00
Three and four year olds funding hourly rate: plus Deprivation Supplement (£0.38): Eligibility £4.38

Eligibility
A child will become eligible the term after their third birthday:

If Child’s 3rd birthday falls between Child becomes eligible for the 15 hour funded entitlement for three and four year olds funding place
1st September – 31st December Spring Term – In January after their third birthday
1st January – 31st March Summer Term – In April after their third birthday
1st April – 31st August Autumn Term – In September after their third birthday

Further information on the 15 hours funded entitlement for eligible two year olds can be found in section 5 of the Funded Early Years and Childcare Entitlement: Operational Guidance.