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Becket Primary School

Nursery Funded Hours

Nursery Pupil Admissions

Children can be admitted into our Nursery the term following their 3rd birthday.  Every child is entitled to 15 funded hours per week over 38 weeks (570 hours of free childcare a year) and some children will be entitled to 30 hours (1140 hours per year), depending on their parents working situation.  The sessions that we currently offer are:

  • 15 hours over every morning
  • 15 hours over every afternoon
  • 30 hours Mon-Fri for qualifying parents


By joining our Nursery we can offer your child:

  • An Ofsted registered, Multicultural Childrens’ Nursery
  • Following EYFS Curriculum providing the highest standard of care and education
  • A vibrant and fun classroom
  • Qualified, dedicated and experienced staff
  • Fantastic outdoor areas providing stimulating learning experiences



30 Hours of Funded Nursery Places


To be able to claim 30 hours per week over 38 weeks (term time), parents must meet the following criteria:

  • Both parents are working (or the sole parents is working in a lone family) and work / expects to earn the equivalent of 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage over the coming three months.
  • This equates to £120 a week (or c.£6,000 a year) for each parent over 25 years old or £112.80 a week (or c £5,800 a year) for each parent between 21 and 24 years old.
  • This applies whether you are in paid employment, self-employed or on a zero hours contract.
  • The parent (and their partner where applicable) should be seeking the free childcare to enable them to work.
  • Where one or both parents are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, or if they are on statutory sick leave.
  • Where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work because they are disabled, have caring responsibilities or have been assessed as having limited capability to 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.
  • If a non-EEA national, the parent must have recourse to public funds.

Parents who will be eligible for the extended entitlement must act now if they want to be able to access the extended entitlement.  More information on how to apply can be found on the Childcare Support website, Childcare Choices and the Childcare Calculator to learn more about which offers might be best for them, whether they’re likely to be eligible, and how to apply.  Parents can also submit a telephone application by calling 0300 123 4097.


Download the Childcare Overview Leaflet for more information.