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Canvey Island Infant School & Nursery

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3&4 Year Old Funding

As the nursery is attached to our infant school, the earliest children can start attending is the day after their third birthday, however, these sessions would need to be paid for. The 15 hours or 30 hours funding starts from the term following their third birthday. Terms start in September, January or April.


15 Hours Funding

As a parent/carer of a child aged 3-4 years old, you can take up to 15 hours of free early years provision per week. This is known as your child’s Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE). All children are entitled to these 15 hours per week. This starts on the first school term following their third birthday and ends when the child reaches compulsory school age.


30 Hours Funding

An additional free 15 hours per week (i.e. a full-time place) will be available for families where both parents are working or the sole parent is working.

The school will continue to offer a number of spaces for families who qualify for 30 hours of free childcare. The Government introduced the 30 hours free childcare from September 2017.

To apply for the 30 hours funding please visit the Government website below:


Parents not eligible for the addition free 15 hours may still access a full-time place by paying a top-up fee of £15 a session (morning 8:30am-11:30am or afternoon 12:30pm-3:30pm).


Lunch Club

If your child is accessing the full 30 hours and would like to stay for the lunch club, this will need to be paid for.

30 hours would be covered from 8:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:30pm for all 5 days.

Children that are staying for lunch club, will have the choice of bringing in a packed lunch or ordering a hot lunch, for a fee, from the school catering service.


Early Years Pupil Premium

3&4-year-old children who get the FEEE might be able to get the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). The EYPP gives providers extra money which they can use to support children’s learning and development. If you are on benefits and think you may be eligible, when completing a termly funding form, please fill in the EYPP section. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.