Free Hours


Nursery Education

Funded Hours

From 2010 all three and four year olds have been 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. 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 and these hours can be delivered by doing either two half days or one full day session a week over the 51 weeks we are open.

Qualifying two year olds can now also benefit from these free hours and they are delivered in the same way.