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Funding and Fees

Free 15 hours childcare

Every 3 and 4 year old is entitled to receive 15 hours free childcare funding per week (570 hours a year).


Every child is entitled to receive this funding from the term after their third birthday and this will remain in place until the start of their Reception year at school.


When will my child be eligible for the funding?

Birthday falls between Term funding starts
1st April-31st August September
1st September-31st December January
1st January-31st March April


If your child attends two settings you can choose to use your free hours at one setting or split the hours between the two.  It is important to make sure the provider is aware of how you want to use your funding.


If you choose to pay for the Pre-School hours or your child attends more than the 15 hours free funding you will be charged at a rate of £3.90 per hour.


How can I pay my Pre-School fees?

  • Cash
  • Cheque (made payable to Gloucestershire County Council)
  • Employers Voucher Schemes - e.g. Kiddivouchers, Care4, Edenred, Sodexo.  We welcome payments via this method - please contact us if you need more information on how to set this up.
  • BACS payment into Bank Account