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Free 30 hours for some 3 to 4 year olds

What is on offer for some 3 to 4 year olds?

Some working families earning around £120 a week or more can get an extra 15 hours of free early education and childcare - a total of 30 hours per week in school term time.

How do Church Hill and Low Hall offer the free 30 hours?

We provide these as:

  • 2 x 3-hour sessions, either morning or afternoon plus
  • 3 x 8-hour sessions, from 8am to 4pm.

We expect children to come to school every day as they build stronger social bonds with other children and with staff, and this aids their development. They also get used to having a weekday routine, which is helpful for all the family as preparation for primary school.

How do I know if we are eligible?

Visit to apply and get your eligibility code. If you need help you can call the government helpline on 0300 123 4097. Tell the school your eligibility code.

What do I do next?

Fill in the Apply for a Place form on this website: for Church Hill and/or for Low Hall.

We will contact you straight away if there is a place available, or we shall add your child to the Waiting List.

When do children start Church Hill and Low Hall?

The majority of children start the September after their 3rd birthday, and leave the July before they start primary school.

When do Church Hill and Low Hall allocate places?

We contact all the families on our waiting list in the April before your child is due to start in September. We ask:

1. If you still want a place at our school

2. If you are eligible for 30 hour funding, what your eligibility code is, if you prefer morning or afternoon places and which days you would like to take your 8-hour sessions on.

3. If you would like to pay for additional Daycare hours, a minimum of 2 days per week:

  • term-time long days, 8am to 4pm or
  • term-time full days, 8am to 6pm or
  • year-round full days, 8am to 6pm

4. If you would like to pay for Breakfast or Teatime Club in term time, a minimum of 2 days per week.

Please write back quickly.

Parents who are studying or working

It is our firm belief that children who attend school every day benefit in many ways, however if you have an opportunity to study or work that means you need a different pattern, please talk to Helen Currie, our Executive Head Teacher.

How do Church Hill and Low Hall allocate places?

If there are not enough spaces to admit all of the children on the Waiting List who want a place we will give priority to children:

  • who are in public care or are fostered under an arrangement made by the Local Authority
  • with known disabilities, additional needs, or social problems (referred from another agency)
  • who are the oldest and who are living closest to the Nursery Schools
  • who are not attending another early years setting
  • who have siblings who used to come to the Nursery Schools
  • whose parent(s) work at state-funded schools within half a mile of each school
  • who have turned three while attending as 2 Year olds
  • who receive Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) for 2 year olds funding or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) .

How do I know if my child has a place?

When we have gone through the allocation procedure we will call everyone on the list. If you have a place we will arrange for you and your child to start Settling In.