Funding – how it works

Bedford Nursery Schools Federation is pleased to be able to offer 15 hours free education for all children the term after their 3rd birthday in line with the current government offer.

We also offer 15 hours free education to those 2 year olds who meet the criteria set down by the government the term after their 2nd birthday.

Funding is allocated the term after your child’s 2nd or 3rd birthday as follows:


If your child is born between:                                     Eligible for funding from:

1st September and 31st December                             January  (SPRING TERM)

1st January and 31st March                                        April (SUMMER TERM)

1st April and 31st August                                            September  (AUTUMN TERM)


If you believe you may be entitled to free education for your 2 year old child you will need to go to:

You will be asked to set up an account to check online if you are eligible for the funding.  If you are, then you will be sent a letter from the council with a code that you need to bring into school.

If you have any problems accessing the online system please contact the council: Dawn Wilson on


30 Hours entitlement

If you believe you are entitled to access the government offer of extended childcare for up to 30 hours per week please get in touch.

To find out if you are eligible you need to log onto the website at:

Please note that there are deadlines for applications that must be met or the funding does not get allocated.  All the information is available from HMRC.


Extended Paid Care

In addition to the free education that is offered we also offer parents the opportunity to purchase additional hours and further details on this can be found below.

All additional hours are subject to availability and you should check with your school office.

Session2 year olds3 year olds and over
8.00am - 9.00am
9.00am - 12.00pm£15.60£12.60
12.00pm - 12.30pm with hot lunch
12.30pm - 3.30pm£15.60£12.60
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Late collection before 5.00pm
£5.20per 15 mins£4.20per 15 mins
Late collection after 5.00pm
£10.00per 15 mins£10.00per 15 mins