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Early Years Funding Entitlement (EYFE) – 3/4-Year-Old (Universal and Extended)

You can access the free entitlement at a nursery in a Wirral school or a nursery school, certain childminders, pre-school/playgroups, day nurseries or an independent school.

For information on registered childcare providers and availability in your area call 0800 0858 743. You should contact the provider of your choice as soon as possible in case they have a waiting list for places.


All 3 and 4-year-olds are entitled to receive 15 hours per week of free universal early years entitlement. Children become eligible the term after their third birthday. Contact your child’s setting to find out if they offer this free entitlement.


Working families may qualify for the extended offer of 30 hours and will need to apply online here.

More information on both Universal and Extended funding is available here: https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ or see the below FAQS Document for more information.

3-4 Year Old Childcare Funding FAQs

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