Funded Childcare Places for 3 and 4 year olds

Selly Oak Nursery School offers free part-time and full-time places for eligible 3-year-olds.   

Free 15 Hours for 3-year-olds  

All children in England receive 15 free hours' childcare funding for 38 weeks of the year, which begins at the start of the term after their 3rd birthday.  

30 Hours Extended free childcare - 30 hours for 3 and 4 year olds  

From September 2017 the Government doubled the amount of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds.  

A child is entitled to 30 hours' childcare the term after their 3rd birthday or from the term after their family becomes eligible. Parents will need to confirm that they remain eligible every three months. 

Can I use the free 15 and 30 hours' childcare at Selly Oak Nursery School?

Parents can use the 30 hours a week funding to pay for a range of places available at Selly Oak Nursery School, including full-time, 18 hours a week or to contribute toward the cost of Breakfast and Out of School Clubs.  

We offer a range of part-time and full-time places which allow parents to take advantage of the free 15 and 30 hours childcare funding, which are:  


30 hours - Monday to Friday (8.45am to 2.50pm). There will be a monthly top up fee (£395) but this will be free for parents and carers who are eligible for the 30 hours extended childcare.


15 hours - start of the week:  2.5 days - Monday (8.45am to 2.55pm), Tuesday (8.45am to 2.55pm) and Wednesday morning (8.45am to 11.30am). Paid for by the Government's free 15 hours childcare funding.  

15 hours - end of the week: 2.5days - Wednesday afternoon (12.30pm to 2.55pm), Thursday (8.45am to 2.55pm) and Friday (8.45am to 2.55pm). Paid for by the Government's free 15 hours childcare funding.  

18 hours* - start of the week: Three full days at the beginning of the week - Monday (8.45am to 2.55pm), Tuesday (8.45am to 2.55pm) and Wednesday (8.45am to 2.55pm).  

18 hours* - end of the week: Three full days at the end of the week - Wednesday (8.45am to 2.55pm), Thursday (8.45am to 2.55pm) and Friday (8.45am to 2.55pm).  

For 18 hours a week, parents who receive the 15 hours a week free childcare will pay a top up fee of £88.50 each month. These places are free for parents eligible for the extended free 30 hours' childcare. As well as this, the Tax Free Childcare Account or childcare vouchers can also be used to pay fees.   

When can my child start?

Your child can start in their childcare place the term after they turn 3 years old and have received a valid 30 hours' code, whichever is later. To keep your 30 hours' free childcare place, you need to check your details are up to date every 3 months.  

For more information about the 30 hours' extended childcare funding, visit 

Am I eligible?

You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £139 per week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).   

If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.  

You can't get 30 hours' free childcare if either you, or your partner, each individually expect to earn £100,000 or more.  

For full details about eligibility for the extended 30 hours free childcare funding visit