Free Early Education and Childcare

Free Childcare for 2 year olds

Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:

  • are looked after by a local authority
  • have a statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • get Disability Living Allowance
  • have left care under an adoption order, special guardianship order or a child arrangements order

There are up to 15 hours per week of free childcare in term time only.

For more information and to check your eligibilty for this funding please click the link below:

2yr old funding


Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 3 & 4 year olds.

All children are entitled to a free early education place starting the term after their third birthday. The entitlement is for 15 hours of free early learning care per week over term time (38 weeks a year), a total of 570 hours over the year.

In addition to the universal offer of 15 hours free early education entitlement, most working parents of three and four year old children will be eligible for an additional 15 hours per week - giving them a total of 30 hours free childcare.

The new 30 hours free childcare is intended to support working parents with the cost of childcare and enable parents, where they wish, to return to work or to work additional hours.

In order to be able to process your claim to the 30 hour funding we will need you to complete the Parent Declaration Form at the bottom of this page and return this either to the School Office or by email to

For more information visit: 30 Hour free Childcare


At Underwood West Nursery we offer both 15 and 30 hours places, subject to availability. With an option of purchasing additional hours.

£15 per session (morning or afternoon)

£32.50 all day (including lunch cover) a packed lunch may be provided or a paid lunch can be purchased at a cost of £2.40/child. 

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Newcastle Street, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 3LF

Please direct your enquiries to

Mel JamesBursar

01270 260580