The Nursery manager will be able  check that you meet the eligibility criteria below and provide proof to your chosen care provider such as an Income Support letter, Tax Credit Award Notice (TC602a) provided by HMRC or an Asylum Seekers NASS card, along with evidence of your child’s date of birth.


Eligibility criteria

Your child will be eligible for a free place if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income-related)
  • Universal Credit – you and your partner must have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • tax credits with annual earnings of no more than £16,190 per year, before tax
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • Working Tax Credit 4 week-run on (the payment a claimant receives when they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

A child may also be eligible for a place if she or he:

  • is looked after by the local authority.
  • has a current Statement of Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) or an Education Health Care Plan
  • receives a Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • has left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

If your child is eligible, free early education and childcare:

Chatham Nursery offers 2-3 funded places over five sessions per week, term time only.

Morning (8:45am – 11:45am) or Afternoon (12:30pm-3:30pm)