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Help Paying For Your Childcare

How Does Funding Work? 

We understand that trying to navigate childcare funding options can be difficult. With so much to consider and a lot of options to explore, it can become confusing to know what you are eligible for. 

We want to make sure that you feel fully supported and informed when it comes to the savings and financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

At Fairytales, we want to support your family all year round, and that is why we offer stretched funding! Stretched Funding means that you can use your funded hours throughout the year, not just in term time. 

For 15 hours of funding per week in term time, that can be stretched up to 11 hours per week for the whole year in our nursery.

For 30 hours of funding per week in term time, that can be stretched to around 22 hours per week for the whole year in our nursery.

Are you entitled to help with the cost of your childcare?

Tax-Free Childcare - Up to £2000 per child

Who is eligible?

  • Working families, including the self-employed, in the UK.

  • Earning under £100k and at least £125 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage) each who aren't receiving Tax Credits, Universal Credit or childcare vouchers.

  • For every £8 you pay into an online account, the government will add an extra £2, up to£2,000 per child per year If you have a disabled child, you can receive up to £4,000 per child - that's up to £1,000 every three months.

    How can I use it?

    You can use Tax-Free Childcare all year round to spend on childcare in our nursery:

    For example, if your childcare costs are £750 per month, you would pay £600 into your childcare account and the government would pay in £150. This would be an annual saving of £1,800 per child.



    Entitlement offer

    Universal entitlement

    Up to 15 hours a week over a minimum of two days. In our nursery we stretch the offer to up to 11 hours per week all year round.

    Extended entitlement

    up to 15 hours a week in addition to the universal entitlement over a minimum of two days. In our nursery we stretch the offer up to 22 hours per week all year round.

    Length of offer

    (no more than 570 hours per annum or 1140 hour per annum for the extended offer)

    Maximum hours per day

    10 hours

2-Year-Old Funding, 15 Hours

Who is eligible?

  • For families in England, receiving some form of support.

  • With 2-year-old children.

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks.

  • To be able to take up 15 hours of free childcare for your two-year-old you or your child must meet the eligibility criteria. (Please visit GOV.UK for further information.)

  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare providers.

    Where can I use it?

    You can use funding for childcare to help pay your fees in our nursery.

    From 1 January, 1 April, or 1 September following your child’s 2nd birthday.

3 and 4-Year-Old Funding, 15 Hours

Who is eligible?

  • For families in England.

  • With 3 and 4-year-old children.

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks.

  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider.

    Where can I use it?

    You can use funding for childcare to help pay your fees in our nursery. From 1 January, 1 April, or 1 September following your child's 3rd birthday.

3 and 4-Year-Old Funding, 30 Hours

Who is eligible?

  • For families in England.

  • With 3 and 4-year-old children.

  • 30 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks.

  • A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider.

  • Some providers, like us, will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week.

    Where can I use it?

    You can use funding for childcare to help pay your fees in our nursery.

Tax Credits  for Childcare

Who is eligible?

  • For working families, in the UK.

  • With children under 16 (or under 17 if disabled)

  • 70% of childcare costs, up to a cap.

  • If you cannot make a new claim for Tax Credits, you may be able to apply for Universal Credit instead.

    Where can I use it?

    You can use tax credits for childcare to help pay your fees in our nursery.

Universal Credits for Childcare

Who is eligible?

  • For working families claiming Universal Credit, in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

  • With children under 17*

  • Up to 85% of eligible childcare costs.

  • Who aren't receiving Tax-Free Childcare.

    * The childcare cost element in Universal Credit is paid up to the end of August following the child's 16th birthday.

    Where can I use it?

    You can use Universal Credits all year round to spend on regulated child care.

The Expanded Childcare Offer

From September 2024

15 hours of childcare support will be extended to eligible working parents of children from the age of 9 months to 3-year-olds.


From September 2025

Eligible working parents of children from 9 months to school age will be entitled to 30 hours of childcare a week.

Like the existing offer, we will spread your funded hours across the whole year instead of over 38 weeks of the year (during school term time).


Please let us know if you believe you may be eligible for any form of funding or help with costs and we will assist you where we can.


To apply or find out more information, please visit: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Read their FAQ document: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2024-05/Childcare-entitlements-frequently-asked-questions-for-parents.pdf

*All information is correct as of May 2024

15 Hours for 2 Year Olds

15 Hours for 3 Year Olds

Tax Credit

Not in receipt of UC or TC

Universal Credit

*All information is taken from the Childcare Choices website and correct as of September 2022.

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