Parents must speak to their childcare provider about how the funded places can be taken at the provision. Providers can differ from the times in the day they are open and offer funded places. Providers can offer funding as 38 weeks during term time or school holidays, or across the whole year, which is called a ‘stretched offer’. Some providers may do both but it is at their discretion.
Below are the parameters providers can offer funded places within:
- No more than a maximum of 10 hours in a day.
- No minimum requirement.
- Between the hours of 6.00am to 8.00pm - Monday to Friday.
- at weekends.
- For the universal 15 hours, the entitlement could be offered over no less than across 2 days.
- For the full 30 hours, the entitlement could be offered over no less than across 3 days.
Speak to your provider about their offer.