Early Years

St Mary's Early Years

Early Years Funding

Early education – free entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year olds

All three and four-year-olds are entitled to free high-quality early education, starting in the term after a child’s third birthday until compulsory school age.

The current free entitlement is 15 hours a week (570 hours a year) for 38 weeks of the year. Starting September 2017, eligible families will be able to claim an additional 15 hours free childcare per week, taking their entitlement to 30 hours free childcare a week for 38 weeks of the year (1140 hours a year).

Parents/carers of two-year-olds who meet a range of criteria are entitled to the same amount of free high-quality early years education or childcare, from the term after a child’s second birthday until the end of the term in which they are three.

Please click on the link below to view information for parents/carers on free entitlement to early years education and childcare for three to four-year-olds (and eligible two-year-olds) in Northumberland.


Info on Free Early Education Entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 yr olds

Northumberland County Council has produced a document full of information for Parents & Carers on Free Early Education Entitlement for 2, 3 and 4 year olds in Northumberland.
To access this documents please click on the link below.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01289 306170


Can I get help with my childcare costs?

Please click on the link below to find about how the government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

Is my child eligible for Pupil Premium funding?

What is Early Years Pupil Premium?

Early Years Pupil Premium is extra funding that can be claimed for eligible 3 and 4 year old children who are accessing a free early education and childcare place to support their learning, care and development.
How much will Early Years providers receive?
We can claim up to £300 per year for each eligible child.
How will Early Years providers use this funding?
We will use this extra funding to enhance the quality of your child’s early years experience, for example to improve teaching and learning, facilites, resources and training.   All of which will have a positve impact on your child’s progress and development.
Why is it important to support my Early Years Provider to claim this funding?
High quality early years education and childcare can influence how well a child achieves at both primary and secondary school so we want to make the most of this additional funding.
To find out more about pupil premium and to apply please follow the link below.