...working together for All our children

Church Hill Nursery School and Children's Centre

       Woodbury Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9SB

           Tel: 020 8520 4919     Email: info @ churchhillchildren.org

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Three and four year olds in England are entitled to a minimum 12.5 hours of free learning per week for 38 weeks of the year. This can take place in nurseries, playgroups, preschools or at their childminders.


This will rise to 15 hours a week from 2010,

delivered flexibly over a minimum of three days.

Information about Early Years learning at our Centre

Early Years

Tax credits are designed to help people on low incomes. Child Tax Credit - a means-tested allowance for parents and carers of children - is paid to families whether you are working or not. Many working families can receive help with their childcare costs through the childcare element of Working Tax Credit.


If you use registered or approved childcare, depending on your income, you could get up to 80 per cent of your childcare costs back. This is up to a maximum award of £140 a week for one child and £240 a week for two or more children.

Help with paying pre-school costs

There are a range of funding sources illustrated on the Directgov web site - see Getting help with preschool costs

You can access a range of information on benefits, childcare and tax credits on this page from the Daycare Trust.


The information is in audio file format and translated for you to listen to the information.


A helpful guide for parents and carers whose first language is not English.

Childwise, moneywise

Paying for childcare

Online help with

childcare costs.

Free places entitlement

They are eligible for a free place from...


1st September after their third birthday


1st January after their third birthday


1st April following their third birthday

Free place are available until statutory school age

Source: Directgov.co.uk/en/parents

If your child is born between...


1st April and 31st August


1st September and 31st December


1st January and 31st March


Early Years