The 30 hours extended entitlement for 3 & 4 year olds (for 38 weeks per year) was  introduced by the Government in September 2017.

This is an entitlement which will support working parents who work a minimum of 16 hours per week and whose individual salaries are under £100,000.

It may also be applicable to those parents who are on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption or statutory sick leave and in situations where one parent meets the income criteria and the other is unable to work due to disabilities, caring responsibilities or has been assessed as having limited capability to work.

Funding starts from the term after a child’s third birthday. The funding is only considered to cover the ‘education’ element of a place and therefore at Croft House Nursery there is an additional fee per hour for additional costs to be paid for by parents.

At Croft House Nursery we offer a number of places for children who are entitled to this funding.  However, as we are open all year, rather than 38 weeks, the places are  a ‘stretched offer’ over the whole year with an additional amount to pay for the extra weeks.

For more information relating to our offer of the 3 & 4 year entitlement, please contact us on 01204 697613 asking for Lindsay or Janet. You can also email us with any enquires at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To check eligibility for this entitlement please visit:

For more information on Quality Early Years Education and Childcare in Bolton please visit:

Croft House Nursery continues to offer a minimum of 3 half-day sessions to 3 & 4 year old children through the existing 15 hour free childcare scheme which is available for 38 weeks of the year. Again, due to us being open throughout the year, this offer is stretched, with a charge made for the extra weeks and an amount to pay per hour to cover additional services.