All children qualify for Free Entitlement Universal Funding the term after their 3rd birthday.  If your child’s 3rd birthday is between 1st September and 31st December, they will qualify for grants from the start of the Spring term. If your child’s 3rd birthday is between 1st January and 31st March, they will qualify for grants from the start of the Summer term. If your child’s 3rd birthday is between 1st April and 31st August they will qualify for grants from the start of the Autumn term.


We are offering the full 30 hours funding for eligible families who apply.  For information on how to apply please see: https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-tax-free-childcare

For help and guidance on the application process and eligibility please take a look at the following:


What is it?
It’s extra funding available to any early years provider who delivers funded early education places for three and four year olds. This could help your setting improve the support they are able to offer your child.

How much funding is available?
Providers will be paid a national rate of an extra 66 pence per hour per eligible child. This could mean an extra £376.20 a year if your child is accessing the full 570 hours. If your child isn’t accessing the full 570 hours, funding will be paid for the hours being delivered.

Who is eligible?
Any child who is accessing Free Entitlement funding and their family is in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (NOT contribution based JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (NOT contribution based ESA)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 – National Asylum
  • Seekers Support (NASS)
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Tax Credit

You will also attract funding for your setting if your child has:

  • Been looked after for one day or more
  • Been adopted from care
  • Left care under a special guardianship order or residence order

I think I could be eligible, what do I need to do?
Speak to someone at your setting about how you can apply for Early Years Pupil Premium. You will need to provide some basic information about yourself so that an assessment check can be made by the Local Authority.


Our fees for hours not covered by funding are:

September 2023 – July 2024

3-5yr olds                      2yr olds
£5.50 per hour              £5.95 per hour

Fees are reviewed annually in September. We accept Early Years Funding from 9:00 am to 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday for  38 weeks per year, term time only.

We also offer wrap-around care to align with the opening hours at Dauntsey’s Academy Primary School. This is a payable service for which we are unable to accept Early Years Funding.


If you are eligible you can access funding for 2-year-old children starting the term after their 2nd birthday.  The funding will pay for childcare for up to 15 hours a week (38 weeks of the year). It is not required that the full 15 hours a week are taken up straight away, they can be built up slowly over the year. Further details and how to apply can be found here: Early Years funding for 2 year olds – Wiltshire Council

In order to qualify for 2-Year-Old funding parents must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner are on a low income from work (this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax)
  • Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Tax credit and have an annual household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs).

Or if the 2-year-old:

  • Has a statutory statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care plan. As statements and statutory plans are issued by Wiltshire council we are able to identify these children internally. Therefore parents are unable to self-refer for funding based on this criteria
  • Has left local authority care through a Special Guardianship Order, adoption or a Residence Order
  • Is currently a Looked After Child, for example in foster care
  • Is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

If you are a non-UK citizen who can not claim benefits

If your immigration status says you have ‘No Recourse To Public Funds’ (NRPF), you might still get free childcare for your 2 year old. If you wish to apply, please go to the ‘apply and check progress  of applications’ section and then download and complete the application.

You must live in England and your household income must be no more than:

  • £26,500 for one child outside London
  • £30,600 with two or more children outside London
  • You cannot have more that £16,000 in savings or investments.

From 1 September 2022, the Department for Education extended the eligibility criteria for the entitlement of 15 hours a week free early education for disadvantaged 2-year-olds to families with No Recourse To Public Funds (NRPF):

  • Those with a UK ancestry visa
  • Those with temporary protection status under Section 12 of the Nationality and Borders Act
  • Those with pre-settled status with no qualifying right to reside

The following age parameters are used to decide when 2-Year-Old funding starts:

When your child turns 2 When 2 year old funding commences Recommended time to apply
On or before 31 March From 1 April From 1 January
On or before 31 August from 1 September From 1 April
On or before 31 December From 1 January From 1 September



If you qualify for Tax-Free Childcare, you will set up an online childcare account for your child and you can access help of up to £2,000 per year with childcare fees.  For every £8 you pay into this account, the government will pay in £2 for you to use to pay your childcare provider.

More information can be found here

Tax-Free Childcare – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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