Early Years Funding

Do you have Funded places available? In short – Yes!

Funding is available for children from the age of 2 years* and all children, when they turn 3 years old, are entitled to 15 free hours of childcare per week, from the term after their 3rd birthday, E.g. If a child turns 3 on October 12th 2021, s/he will be entitled to 15 free hours from the start of the new term in January 2022.

These hours may be extended up to 30 free hours*

*If eligible, criteria apply

The basic 15 hours funding available to everyone is funded by Cheshire West & Chester (CWaC) and is claimed for by us, upon completion by families of the funding claim form sent out by us termly, in advance. Once we have the completed form we submit the claim on your behalf and that claim (once validated by CWaC) will remain for the remainder of the term; no additional hours can be claimed after this until the following term.

If you wish to claim 2 year old funding or the extended 30 hours funding, this has to be done by the family and we are informed of the outcome (in regard to 2 YO funding) or the family pass us the entitlement code which we use to validate the claim with CWaC (in respect of the extended funding claim).

The full information regarding childcare funding can be found on the Government’s Childcare Choices website which includes links for eligibility checkers and calculators in respect of:

  • 2 year old funding
  • 3 & 4 year old funding
  • extended 30 hours funding
  • Tax free childcare
  • Tax credits for childcare


If you live in Wales you may also be able to top up your childcare funding through the Flintshire Childcare offer* – this is a childcare offer, not Early Years funding. This also has to be applied for by the family and if a claim is successful, we will be informed by Flintshire Council and your child will automatically be added to the Flintshire portal to allow us to make the claim. The claims do have to be reviewed and renewed periodically to remain eligible. Information regarding the funding and the criteria and how to claim can be found from the following site:


If you would like any further information regarding funding for your child, please do not hesitate to contact the pre-school by email dodlestonpreschool@googlemail.com or call 01244 661611