Free Hours of Early Years Education

At the start of the Term after your child’s 3rd birthday they will automatically become entitled to receive up to 15 hours of free early education at Leap and Learn.

Working parents/carers of 3 and 4 year olds may be eligible for a further 15 hours free childcare in addition to the existing free 15 hours early education entitlement, if they meet certain criteria.

Checking whether your child is entitled to the additional 15 hours is easy and can be done at

The free early education hours are for 38 weeks (Term time) which in effect is the standard school terms: Spring Term – January to April: Summer Term – April to July: Autumn Term – September to December.

Funded childcare in Cambridge

How you can use your free hours

at Leap and Learn

There are three different ways you can use this free entitlement and we would like to let you know about them in advance so that you are aware of the choices and have the opportunity to decide which of them best meets your needs.

Totally Funded Place This is where a child attends for the free hours only for 38 weeks of term time, this is totally free. Sessions can be taken as either full or half-day sessions. Totally Funded Places are normally only offered no later than 2 weeks before the start of each term, the times and sessions offered will be subject to availability and cannot be reserved in advance or into a future term.

* Please note that we do have a limited number of Totally Funded Places.

** Full day sessions are 08:00 – 18:00 / Half-day sessions are 08:00 – 13:00 or 13:00 – 18:00

Totally Funded Place – Stretched Offer – This is where the free hours can be spread over a full year. This offer allows a parent to claim 10 hours per week (15 hours funded) or 20 hours per week (30 hours funded) for 51 weeks of the year. These sessions can also be taken as either full or half-day sessions and are subject to the same conditions as a Totally Funded Place.

Fee Paying with Funded Hours – This is how most parents use their child’s free hours at Leap and Learn. Your childcare contract is your normal contract where we guarantee your child’s booked days/sessions and all the standard terms and conditions apply. Your monthly invoice will have the value of the free hours (as an averaged amount based on the number of hours claimed annually divided by 12, claimed at a standard hourly rate of £4.04) deducted from the total amount due.

30 hours free childcare in Cambridge

Free Hours – Other Charges

(Totally Funded places)

The money we receive from the Local Authority for the free hours does not include some of the services and provision we include as part of our normal fee rate. The main items not included are the provision of snacks, meals and consumables. We therefore make a small charge for these (£3.00 per half day and £6 per full day). This is only if a parent wishes for their child to continue to be provided with snacks and meals by us. This charge is only applicable to Totally Funded Places and will be invoiced monthly.

Parents who do not wish for us to supply snacks and meals must provide their child with their own snack item and if the child attends for a morning or full day session, the parent must provide a packed lunch. These items must be in line with our Snacks and Packed Lunches policy, which is in place in order to ensure healthy eating, nursery cohesion and to protect children with allergies.