15 and 30 Funded Hours

From the term following their third birthday, all pre-school age 3 and 4 year olds are eligible for 15 hours of free care per week, 38 weeks of the year. Some families may be entitled to up to 30 hours of free care per week, depending on personal circumstances.*

*all nursery providers choose both whether to operate the 15 and 30 hours schemes and how they administer them.

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All 3 and 4 year olds in England are entitled to 570 hours’ free childcare per year. These hours are usually taken over 38 weeks (during term-time) and so equate to 15 hours per week. Your child’s nursery may ask you to complete paperwork to ensure that your child gets the funding he or she is entitled to but you do not need to apply for a code with the County Council for this. 

All University of Oxford and community nurseries operate the 15 hours scheme, though how funds are allocated may vary, e.g. some nurseries may ‘stretch’ the free hours over a full calendar year. Funding is applied to your fees the term after your child's third birthday.

Some working parents may be eligible for an additional 570 hours’ free childcare each year (or a total of 30 hours per week taken over 38 weeks). 

To check if you are eligible for the 30 hours scheme, please look on the government website. Once you apply you will be given a code, please give this to the nursery before the start of the term after your child's third birthday.


Finance Enquiries

University Nurseries

01865 289835



Community Nurseries

01865 289841