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All three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of funded early education or childcare a week, for up to 38 weeks a year, or 570 hours a year if ‘stretched’ in the funding period after they become 3 years old. This is known as the ‘universal entitlement’.

The Government has extended this entitlement to up to 30 hours a week (for up to 38 weeks a year) for some working families. In Somerset, these families can ‘stretch’ this entitlement to a maximum of 1140 hours a year. This is known as the ‘extended entitlement’.

Who will qualify

Families must apply for the extended entitlement hours through Childcare Choices or by calling 0300 123 4097.

Parents can access their entitlement at up to 3 providers, so you don’t have to be able to offer the full 30 hours to claim the extended entitlement.

Do I need to register? 

Yes, please email if you haven’t already registered and will be claiming extended entitlement places.

The entitlements team  can assist with queries on 01823 357039