Take up 15 hours childcare for your 3 or 4-year old
Common questions about 15 hours childcare
Only the childcare itself is funded. You'll have to pay for extra costs like meals, nappies or trips.
You may also have to pay for the lunch hour. This will differ depending on each provider's offer. Check what your provider's offer includes.
Yes, but we don't recommend moving your child during the academic term as it is in a child’s best interest to be settled with a provider.
You can change your provider during half terms but talk to your provider first to check what impact this might have on your funding. If you're paying for extra hours you could be committed to taking these hours at your current provider for as long as your contract states.
If it is an exceptional circumstance such as moving house then funding may be transferred with agreement from Buckinghamshire Council.
If you do wish to move your child, then you need to do this before the start of term and you'll need to give your current provider notice of your plans as soon as you can.
Yes, you can spread your funded hours across more than one provider, even those outside Buckinghamshire. To do this you would have to take the hours at both providers as term-time or stretched not a mixture. For example, you could not take your hours as term-time with one and stretched hours with another.
You must make sure that both providers know that your child is attending elsewhere.
If you are not eligible for 30 hours childcare then any hours beyond the 15 that are funded will need to be paid for.