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Early Years Funding

All children are entitled to Early Years Funding from Croydon Council from the tem after their 3rd birthday.

  •     A child turns 3 between January and March entitled to funding from April
  •     A child turn 3 between April and August entitled from September
  •     A child turn 3 between September and December entitled from January
  •     We do accept 2 year old funding for those children that are eligible

The government will fund 15 hours a week, for 38 weeks of the year free nursery education which is paid directly to the nursery.

In order to claim this funding you will need to provide a copy of your child's birth certificate and complete a declaration stating where you are claiming the free entitlement.

At Little Learners we will spread the funding over the 12 months and reduce your fees accordingly. We will provide you with a breakdown of your early years funding entitlement.

The following fees apply:


8.00am until 6.00pm

Full week                                            £ 1044.25 per month or  £ 245.75 per week

4 full days a week                               £  776.50 per month or  £ 182.75 per week

3 full days a week                               £  508.75 per month or  £ 119.75 per week

2 full days a week                               £ 241.00 per month or  £   56.75 per week

1 full day a week                                 No fees payable


8.00am until 1.30pm

5 mornings a week                             £ 491.75 per month or £ 115.75 per week
4 mornings a week                             £ 334.50 per month or £   78.75 per week
3 mornings a week                             £ 177.25 per month or £   41.75 per week
2 mornings a week                             No fees payable
1 morning a week                               No fees payable


1.30pm until 6.00pm 

5 afternoons a week                           £ 406.75 per month or £   95.75 per week
4 afternoons a week                           £ 226.50 per month or £   62.75 per week
3 afternoons a week                           £ 126.25 per month or £   29.75 per week
2 afternoons a week                           No fees payable
1 afternoon a week                             No fees payable


30 hours funding for 3 and 4 year olds

The government is offering working parents of 3 and 4 year olds 30 hours free nursery education. Parents need to apply for the funding online at HMRC/Childcare choices. If your application is successful then you will be given a reference number which needs to be given to the nursery.

In order to receive the funding the code needs to be given to nursery the term before funding begins and will be subject to eligibility checking via Croydon Early Years.

  • September to December – code needs to be given to the nursery by the middle of August
  • January to March – code needs to be given to the nursery by the middle of November
  • April to July – code needs to be given to the nursery by the middle of March

If you are entitled to 30 hours funding and have provided a valid reference number we are prepared to accept the hours in the following ways:


3 days attendance all year around (you will receive 22 hours free and pay for 8 hours of our daily rate, not our hourly rate. You will be required to pay £8.50 per day for 2 days towards meals. So at our current daily rate including meals would be £67.25 per week.


 Attend all year around Monday to Friday 1.30pm until 6pm. You would be required to pay £25.00 per week towards meals and £9 for the additional 30 minutes of care bringing your total to £34.


For 30 hours funding, you will need to apply and obtain a code from the GOV website, I have provided a link below and if you scroll down you will see an apply now option. Once you have your code please email this to our funding team via  with the 30 hours form for verification.

You will receive an acceptance letter regarding the 30 hours which will give the fees, once we have received and verified your code. 


Fees including 30 hours - Option 1

Full week                                      £ 821.25 per month or £ 193.25 per week 

4 full days a week                         £ 553.50 per month or £ 130.25 per week

3 full days a week                         £ 285.75 per month or £   67.25 per week 


Fees including 30 hours - Option 2

5 afternoons a week                      £  144.50 per month or £  34.00 per week


Any extra sessions that you wish to add on top of these sessions will be charged at our normal rates.


Should you wish to book your 30 hours please let us know as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

At present we are only able to offer the two options as above.


Some children are eligible to receive two year old funding for 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. At Little Learners we offer funded only sessions stretched across 51 weeks of the year either attending 2 part time sessions or 1 full day per week subject to availability. We do not offer sessions term time only.

If you follow the link below and apply you will find out whether or not your child is eligible. 

Early Years Funding


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