Free Hours


Nursery Education

Funded Hours

All three and four year olds are entitled to claim for 15 hours a week, for 38 weeks a year from the academic term after their third birthday. This equates to 570 hours of free Early Years Education.In addition, qualifying families are able to claim for an additional 15 hours a week for 38 weeks an academic year equating to a further 570 hours.These hours can be utilised flexibly over the week between different providers (subject to an agreement). As Bowden House is open 51 weeks of the year we can spread these free hours over the whole year to enable parents to budget their payments more effectively. This flexibility also means that we can provide funded only places over the 51 weeks we are open.

Qualifying two year olds can also claim for 15 hours a week for 38 weeks an academic year from the term after their second birthday. Again these hours can be spread over the 51 weeks that we are open.