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Funded Sessions for 3 & 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to some Government funded early education prior to starting school. Early years research clearly shows that good quality early education does benefit children in the long term, particularly the most disadvantaged. It has also shown that high quality, pre-school provision enhances children's all round cognitive, language and social development.

From the term after their 3rd birthday all children are eligible for the government’s early learning and childcare funding and can attend for up to 15 hours per week.

Find out whether you could get up to 30 hours funded childcare. The 30 hours funded childcare offer is for working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children. Children are eligible from the term following their 3rd birthday until they reach compulsory school age. Parents must be working and each earning at least £120 a week, but no more than £100,000 a year.​

You might also be able to get Tax-Free Childcare. If so you can apply for both at the same time.

https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/childcare/30-hours-free/apply

The Governments funding will also cover breakfast and lunch clubs should you have any funding hours unclaimed.