When can my child receive free funding?

All children can become eligible from the term after their 3rd birthday.

  • Children born between 1st January and 31st March become eligible in April (Summer term)
  • Children born between 1st April and 31st August become eligible in September (Autumn term)
  • Children born between 1st September and 31st December become eligible in January (Spring term)

For example if your child is three on the 3rd January they become eligible in the summer term. The entitlement will last until your child is in full time education.

How do I get a place for my child?

As a parent/carer you can decide where you would like your child to go (subject to availability). For more information about what is available in your area, or help to find a place call Wirral Family Information Service on 0800 0858 743.

You should contact the provider of your choice as soon as possible in case they have a waiting list for places.

How do I apply for funding?

For 15 hours funding your childcare provider will do this for you. To apply for 30 hour funding please read the following information from the official Government website.

For more information on how 30 hour funding works, click here.