Sheerness Nursery Fees

In the event that you are not entitled to free childcare, we charge £5 per hour meaning five mornings or five afternoons will be £75 per week.

Remember that all children at Early Birds Nursery eat breakfast and lunch, for free.

Free childcare for 2 year olds

Some 2 year olds can get up to 15 hours of free childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year. Some childcare providers offer fewer hours per week over extra weeks (up to 570 hours). This is a national childcare scheme known in Kent as ‘Free for 2’ and is available to 2 year olds who meet the Government’s eligibility criteria.

Once you have been confirmed eligible for a free 2 year old place, the funding will remain with your child until they take up their free 3 year old place – even if your circumstances change.

Find out if your child is eligible:

Child born betweenWill become eligible for free early education and childcare
1 January and 31 MarchThe start of term 5 following their second birthday (after Easter holiday)
1 April and 31 AugustThe start of term 1 following their second birthday (after summer holiday)
1 September and 31 DecemberThe start of term 3 following their second birthday (after Christmas/New Year holiday)

Apply

Applications for children born from 1 September 2017 to 31 December 2018 are now open.

Apply online now

Free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Universal entitlement

All 3 and 4 year olds can have up to 15 hours of free childcare each week for 38 weeks a year. Some childcare providers may offer fewer hours per week over more weeks of a year (up to 570 hours). This is known as stretched funding.

This is a national scheme every child in England is entitled to.

For more information about using your free childcare, read our parents’ guide to 15 hours (universal) funding.

30 hours of free childcare

Eligible working families with 3 and 4 year olds can receive up to 30 hours of free childcare each week. This is an extra 15 hours of free childcare in addition to the universal entitlement and is known as extended entitlement.

It is available over 38 weeks a year or some childcare providers may offer fewer hours per week over more weeks a year (up to 1,140 hours in total for the combined 30 hours).

Find out when your 3 year old is eligible:

Child born betweenWill become eligible for free childcare
1 January and 31 MarchThe start of term 5 following their third birthday (after Easter holiday)
1 April and 31 AugustThe start of term 1 following their third birthday (after summer holiday)
1 September and 31 DecemberThe start of term 3 following their third birthday (after Christmas/New Year holiday)

Apply for 30 hours

To get the additional hours you will need to sign up online to get an eligibility code. You’ll also need to reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months.

You must apply for your 30 hours eligibility code in the term before your child becomes eligible by age. The government has recommended application periods. If you do not apply within these recommended periods you may not get your code in time. If you do not apply for and receive your code before the deadline date you will not be able to take up your place until the term after.

When your child turns 3When they can get 30 hours fromRecommended time to applyDeadline for applying
1 September to 31 December1 January15 October to 30 November31 December
1 January to 31 March1 April15 January to 28 February31 March
1 April to 31 August1 September15 June to 31 July31 August

To find out about full eligibility criteria, how to apply and other information read our guide to 30 hour funding.

Apply for 30 hours of free childcare