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15 hours free childcare

All children are entitled to 15 hours per week of free childcare from the start of the term after their 3rd birthday and for children with additional needs after 2 years. You do not need to apply for a code, this funding is automatically applied and will be deducted from your invoice.

At St Cuthbert’s Pre-School, the Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) allows 15 hours per week of free childcare for eligible 2-year-olds and all 3 & 4-year-olds– for 38 weeks (term-time) of the year (15 hours x 38 weeks of term - time = 570 hours). This entitlement begins the term after your child’s third birthday.

Please note, if your child’s third birthday is in September, October, November or December, the FREE entitlement does not begin until January. Similarly, if your child’s third birthday is between January and Easter, the free entitlement does not begin until the start of the new term after Easter. If your child’s birthday is between Easter and August, the free entitlement does not begin until the new school year in September


Working parents may be able to access up to an additional 15 hours per week of funded childcare. If you believe you may qualify for the extended entitlement you should ensure you check your eligibility by visiting

If you have two or more children at Pre School a 10% discount is given on the older child’s fees.

Also, you can use childcare vouchers to pay towards your fees. We accept childcare vouchers from all recognised voucher providers if paid electronically. Please ask your employer about which childcare voucher scheme they use.

Additional money towards childcare

You may also be able to get additional money towards your childcare through tax-free childcare, universal credit or tax credits. Please visit this website to find out more:

Tax-Free Childcare Information:

Tax Credit Information:

Universal Credit Information: