Nursery Education Funding (NEF)

Every child is entitled to receive up to 15 hours of free entitlement every week, for up to 38 weeks per year. You can choose to take a minimum 3 hours to a maximum of 10 hours per day. The 15 hours can be accessed over a minimum of 2 days.
Some providers may offer the free entitlement more flexibly than others.

Some 2 year olds may also be eligible.


Check if you are eligible for the extra 15 hours per week (30 hours altogether)


A “how-to” animation to support families applying for 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare online