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St Mary’s Nursery: our current provision arrangements

Using your child’s 15 hours and 30 hours free entitlement at St Mary’s Nursery


Welcome to St Mary’s Nursery. This should explain the ways in which we offer the 15 hours and 30 hours free nursery education to which children aged 3 and over are entitled, and also the options for parents to pay for additional time if required.


15 and 30 Hours free childcare

All 3 and 4 year olds in England are entitled to 15 hours per week of free early education or childcare and some may also be entitled to an additional 15 hours of free childcare per week.  You will need to check if you are eligible for 30 hours free childcare via an online portal. You can check via Childcare Choices at: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or the Childcare Calculator at: https://www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator. Those who could be eligible for 30 hours and/or Tax-Free Childcare will be directed to the digital childcare service to apply. If you encounter any problems or wish to apply over the phone, you can call the Customer Interaction Centre on 0300 123 4097.


You may receive eligibility codes before your child is three but you can only start claiming your 30 hours place the term following your child’s third birthday or the term following the date the eligibility code was issued (whichever is the later). If your child is taking up their universal 15 hours entitlement and you become eligible for 30 hours part-way through the term, you can start claiming your additional hours the term following the date on which your received their code.


You do not need to apply via the digital service if you only want the universal 15 hours entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds.



Securing your 30 hours free childcare place

Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will receive a 30 hours eligibility code, a unique 11-digit reference number. 


Once you have a confirmed place at St Mary's, please bring this code to the school office with your National Insurance number and your child's date of birth to secure your free childcare place. We will need this information in order to confirm your eligibility. If we do not receive this or if you are not eligible, any agreed additional hours to the minimum 15 will be charged at £4.95 per hour. Additional sessions must be booked for the full session of that day, i.e., the full afternoon up to 3.30pm at £4.95 per hour. We will accommodate these requests where possible and priority will be given to those booking all five days.  


If your circumstances ever change and you fall out of eligibility, you must let us know. If you're no longer eligible, you can still access the 15 hours universal early education entitlement for 3 and 4-year-olds and there is the option to pay for additional sessions, as stated above.


  • Children who are entitled to 30 hours childcare are offered nursery hours from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday, term time only. You can top up for the full afternoon session from 3pm to 3.30pm. This extra half an hour is charged at £2.50. You can provide a packed lunch or opt for a hot lunch chargeable for a daily fee of £2.20 (subject to price increases).


Children who are not eligible to 30 hours free childcare, are offered 15 hours free childcare under the following arrangements:


  • Either 5 morning or 5 afternoon sessions per week, with sessions lasting 3 hours (from 9 – 12.00pm or from 12.30pm – 3.30pm). This totals 15 funded hours. Please note that lunch is not included. Snacks such as fruit and milk will be provided.
  • Parents have the option, depending on availability, to pay to ‘top up’ to a full day from 9am till 3.30pm, at a rate of £4.95 per hour. Additional hours are bookable for the full session, i.e., if your child has a morning place for the 15 funded hours from 9am to 12pm, you can top up for the full afternoon session from 12pm to 3.30pm. These hours are charged at £4.95 per hour. You can provide a packed lunch or opt for a hot lunch chargeable for a daily fee of £2.20 (subject to increases).


*Please note that there is limited availability for additional paid-for sessions and priority will be given to those requesting additional sessions for the full five days.  If we cannot offer you any additional paid-for sessions at present we will place you on a waiting list. We apologise in advance if we have to disappoint some parents.


Please do telephone, email office@stmarysn3.barnetmail.net or come and speak to a member of the office team if you have any questions.