Nursery funding guide

Nursery funding for 3 & 4 year olds

At Hungry Caterpillars we offer government funded places for three and four year olds. Your child is entitled to funding the term after their third birthday providing their birthday falls before the cut-off date. If it does not funding will start until the following term. The cut of dates are:
  • 31st August for the September to December term
  • 31st December for the January to April term
  • 31st March for the May to August term
You are entitled to 15 hours per week over the 38 weeks of term time or as "stretched offer" over 52 weeks excluding days when the setting is closed for Christmas and staff inset days. If your child is term time only, 15 hours per week will be funded with any additional sessions charged at our current rate.

Meal Charges

Funded sessions incur a small meal charge at our current rate or the option of bringing a packed lunch/tea. Snacks and drinks are provided free of charge.

Nursery funding for 2 year olds

We also offer funded placed for eligible two year olds. The criteria is different for two year olds, parents must be in receipt of one of the following:
  • Income support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Tax Credit and an annual income of less than £16,190
Or if the child:
  • Has a statutory statement of Special Educational Needs
  • Has left local authority care through a Special Guardianship Order, adoption or residence order
  • Is a Looked After Child (Foster Care)
  • Is in receipt of Disability Living allowance
Parents and carers apply directly to their local authority (Ealing, Hillingdon and Harrow) to assess eligibility. Once awarded funding continues even if your circumstances change or if you choose to move to another nursery.

Early years pupil premium

Some three and four year olds are eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium which provides extra funding to nurseries and schools to support children’s development, learning and care. We use the extra funds to improve the quality of the early year’s education we provide for your child. For example staff training, specialist resources, home link learning resources or investing in partnership working to improve staff knowledge in specialist area such as speech and language. The money is paid directly to the nursery by the Local Authority. Parents need to fill out a declaration form which is then used to check eligibility. The Nursery manager has the relevant forms at the nursery. Families may be eligible if they are receiving any of the following:
  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support allowance
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit
For more information on how you could get additional help with your childcare costs visit: