Funded Entitlement

Funded Entitlement for 2,3 and 4 Year Olds

2 Year Funded Education

Newtown Nursery School offers 15 hours free  entitlement to eligible two year olds.

Parents/carers can check whether their child is eligible for the free  entitlement and can then apply, via the Lancashire County Council website

To find out more information you can ring the Family  Information Service Team

0300 123 6712

3 & 4 Year Old Funded Nursery Education

We offer 15 hours free to all families with 3 and 4 year old children from the term after their 3rd birthday. This equates to 570 hours free per year over 38 weeks.

Please ask for more information or pop into the Nursery, and a member of the Office will be more than happy to assist you.

AM Session – 8.45 am – 11.45 am

PM Session – 12.45 pm – 3.45 pm


30 hours Funded Education

The Extended Funded Entitlement for working parents of 3 & 4-year-olds provides eligible parents with a total of 30 hours of funded provision per week, over 38 weeks or the equivalent number of hours across more weeks per year. This funding is aimed to help working families by reducing the cost of childcare and will support parents into work or to work more hours, should they wish to do so. This is an additional 15 hours to the existing 15 hours of funded early education, which is available to all  3 & 4-year-olds (known as the Universal Funded Entitlement – UFE).

The eligibility criteria are set out below:

  • Both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and each parent earns on average:
  1. A weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW); and
  2. Each parent earn less than £100,000 per year


  • Where one or both parents are in receipt of benefits in connection with sickness or parenting, they are treated as though they are in paid work
  • Where one parent (in a couple’s household) is in receipt or could be entitled to be in receipt of specific benefits related to caring, incapacity for work or limited capability for work that they are treated as though they are in paid work.

Where a parent is in a ‘start-up period’ (i.e. they are newly self-employed) they do not need to demonstrate that they meet the income criteria for 12 months in order to qualify for the Extended Entitlement. 

For more information or how to apply please visit the Childcare Choices website below:

For more information about Funded Education and the services we offer please contact the School Office.