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Westbury Tender Care Nursery

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Free Early Education

At Westbury we take 2,3 and 4 year old funding​​​. All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.​​ Funding only places are given as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. 

2 year old funding:


Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare. You must be getting one of the following:


  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and have an annual income under £16,190
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Children are also entitled to a place if:


If your child is eligible, you can start claiming after they turn 2. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.​ Find out if I my child is eligible for 2 year old funding>>


3 & 4 year old funding:


You can start claiming free childcare after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.​


Claiming My Funding

Child's birthday
 When you can claim
1 January to 31 March​
the beginning of term on or after 1 April​
1 April to 31 August​
the beginning of term on or after 1 September​
1 September to 31 December​
the beginning of term on or after 1 January​

If you have any questions regarding funding at our nursery please contact us.

Funding Sessions

For parents' who only want to use the free entitlement we offer this in 5 hour sessions over 3 days a week for the 38 weeks. At an additional cost we provide your child with meals during the allocated times, however parents are welcome to bring a nut free, healthy, cold packed lunch.

What are the sessions times?

Children can either have 3 morning sessions, 3 afternoon sessions, or a compilation of the two (i.e. 2 mornings & 1 afternoon or vice versa).

  • ​Morning Sessions 8.00am - 1.00pm
  • Afternoon Sessions 1.00pm - 6.00pm

What are the meal charges?

For those children doing morning sessions the meals are breakfast and lunch, for those doing afternoon it would be tea.


  • Breakfast: 8.00am-8.45am @ £2 per day
  • Lunch: 11.30am - 12.00pm @ £3.50 per day
  • Tea: 4.00pm - 4.30pm @ £3.00 per day

Snacks nursery provided through the day are free of charge. What do the children eat?>>

Register for a funding only space?

The same principles apply to fee paying places in the sense of providing your completed registration form, birth certificate and proof of address. There is no deposit required for free entitlement spaces. If you are receiving 2 year old funding we would need the eligibility code. Get my Code>>​

Funding Dates 

Free Early Year's entitlement for 2015-2016 is offered for 38 weeks from April to March. These 38 weeks will be when your child attends nursery if they are doing funding only sessions. For those fee paying children the 38 weeks will be when the funding price is active. 


Download available:

Funding Dates 2016-2017.pdf