Guide

Help paying for childcare

Last updated: 10 October 2017

Start and end dates

The date you can start claiming funded early learning and childcare depends on your child's birthday.

If your child's birthday is on or between these dates They will be eligible from these school terms Total number of terms for 3 and 4 year olds Your child will start school at this age
1 March – 31 August August (autumn term) that year 6 terms 5 years and 0-6 months
1 September -31 December January (spring term) following their birthday 5 terms (you can request another 3 terms in a deferred year) 4 years and 8-11 months or, 5 years and 8-11 months if deferred
1 January – last day February March/April (summer term) following their birthday 4 terms (you are entitled to another 3 terms in a deferred year if requested) 4 years and 6-7 months; or, 5 years and 6-7 months if deferred
Help paying for childcare
Start and end dates