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Free Hours for 3 & 4 year olds?

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didofido Wed 28-Oct-15 06:43:21

Am asking for a friend who has a DD in Reception aged 4 (birthday in June) at a fee-paying school. Is she entitled to claim free hours until the child is 5?

TheNumberfaker Wed 28-Oct-15 06:45:43

I would think it depends on whether she's at a school or a preschool.

Sirzy Wed 28-Oct-15 06:51:21

If she is at school then no, it is free PRE school education.

YouCantBeSadHoldingACupcake Wed 28-Oct-15 06:54:15

No, you cant claim the free hours in primary school. If she had deferred the place and kept her dd in preschool/ childminder then she could have claimed until

YouCantBeSadHoldingACupcake Wed 28-Oct-15 06:54:48

Hit post accidentally, she could claim until she started school

Chrisinthemorning Wed 28-Oct-15 07:01:03

DS is going to an independent school. He's a summer birthday and the school have said they can claim the 15 free hours funding for the first 2 terms of reception, until he turns 5. Also we can use childcare vouchers towards fees until he's 5 as well.

Chrisinthemorning Wed 28-Oct-15 07:03:49

It makes sense really, otherwise it discrimates against summer borns- we would only get 3 terms of funding but others would get 5.
I suppose it depends on the school though, ours have said it knocks about £800 a term off the fees which are £2500 a term.

Greengrass1982 Wed 28-Oct-15 07:13:22

My daughter was allowed to use her 15 hours early years funding for reception until she turned 5. (This was for a private school).

ConfusedInBath Wed 28-Oct-15 08:44:59

Yes the 15 hours are paid till the term after the child is 5 at a fee paying school.

Zodlebud Wed 28-Oct-15 09:03:52

Many private schools do not allow the 15 free hours as they end up making a loss (ours, annoyingly, doesn't). They are not any under obligation to do so as they are a private business. They do accept childcare vouchers up until the end of the term in which the child turns five though.

LIZS Wed 28-Oct-15 09:06:57

You can, until child turns 5 if the school fulfils the LA criteria. Dd benefitted from this for whole of Reception as a summer bday.

didofido Wed 28-Oct-15 18:13:14

Thank you all. Very useful to know

rainbowbriite Wed 28-Oct-15 20:21:22

How do you know if the school fulfils the LA criteria?

LIZS Wed 28-Oct-15 20:30:48

The LA will be able to tell you , as would the school bursar.

BondJayneBond Thu 29-Oct-15 00:28:23

DS1's school claims the 15 free hours funding for 4 yr olds in reception and reduces the fees for reception children accordingly.

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