Parents and carers - 2, 3 and 4 year old Early Education funding

3 and 4 year old Universal Entitlement

All families can claim up to 15 hours per week funded Early Education for their 3 or 4 year old child. Every child is entitled to a maximum of 570 hours of funding per year, to be taken over no fewer than 38 weeks in any year. Children can access up their funded early education place from the start of the term after their third birthday.  This funding is called the Universal Entitlement and remains in place until the child starts school.

Parent/Carers can use the universal funding entitlement with any provider that is registered with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and the Local Authority (LA). Early Years Provider include childminders, school run nursery classes, day nurseries or pre-schools that are registered with both Ofsted and Coventry City Council to deliver funded places. 

Unlike 2 year old and  Extended Entitlement ( 30 hours) funding, parents do not need to apply for a code to access the 15 hours Universal Entitlement. Parents should approach the provider of their choice to access a universal  funded place.

The table below highlights when you can start claiming the Universal Entitlement for your child.  Funding can only be accessed the term after your child turns 3.


Child’s birthday: When you can claim:
1 January and 31 March the start of the summer term following their third birthday
1 April and 31 August the start of the autumn term following their third birthday
1 September and 31 December the start of the spring term following their third birthday


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