At Blossoming Buddies we offer government funded hours spaces.
2 Years Old:
- Up to 15 hours’ free childcare for eligible 2 year olds
- Eligible 2 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours’ free childcare over 38 weeks.
- You can check whether you are eligible for free childcare by visiting: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
- Funding for 2 year olds will start from the term after the child’s 2nd birthday, as long as you have applied for and obtained a valid eligibility code.
- Please visit for more information: https://www.southend.gov.uk/info/200345/early_years_education/61/free_early_years_education_for_2_year_olds
3 and 4 years old:
15 hours universal funding:
- All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours Universal funding childcare a week over 38 weeks.
- Funding starts from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday.
30 hours extended funding:
- Working parents who meet the criteria could be entitled to an EXTRA 15 hours funded childcare a week (Extended funding) for their 3 and 4 year olds.
- Please visit the Government Website for a step by step guide to 30 hours funding: https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-tax-free-childcare
- To check if you are eligible and apply for 30 hours’ FREE childcare please visit: www.southend.gov.uk/30hours
- Apply online: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
- You must make the application the term before you wish to start receiving the funding.
- If you are eligible you will receive an 11 digit code which you must take your code to your childcare provider.
- Funding for 3 and 4 year olds will start from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday, provided you have applied for your eligibility code by the end of the term before.
**The funded early education and childcare entitlement is intended for high quality early education. It does not include the costs of meals, other consumables, additional hours or additional services. Extra charges will apply in addition to the funded hours**