Some families receiving certain benefits could be eligible to 570 hours of funded early education from the claim period following their 2nd birthday.
Government funding for early education is intended to cover the cost to deliver 15 or 30 hours a week of funded, high quality, flexible childcare. It is not intended to cover the cost of meals, consumables, additional hours or additional services.
Your childcare provider will charge for any hours not funded.
Meals, snacks and consumables may also incur a cost. Although these charges must be voluntary, parent/carers should expect to pay for these or agree to supply their own.
All providers offering early education in Norfolk have signed a funding agreement which means they have agreed to meet the terms of national guidelines. How your chosen childcare provider offers early education and the pattern of attendance may restrict the number of hours that can be claimed in total.
Visit the Childcare Choices webpage to find out more about help to pay for your childcare or complete the basic steps to check your eligibility to claim.
(eligibility checks cannot be completed until your child is at least 21 months old)