Sacred Heart Nursery

Provision for 3-4 Year Olds

Children aged 3 and 4 years old are entitled to receive 15 hours of free early education per week, 38 weeks per year.   Some parents may be entitled to 30 hours free nursery education per week (see below to find out if you are eligible).  This is administered over three terms. As our nursery is registered with Ofsted and included on the local authority list of early education providers, we are able to offer the free sessions.  Our nursery is run by the school and overseen by our Foundation Stage Manager Mrs Gillespie.  Mrs Gillespie is our Nursery teacher and is supported by teaching assistants who are qualified to work with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Our nursery provides sessions each week day from 8.45 to 3.15pm.

Our school provides onsite wrap-around care through a breakfast club which is available each day from 8.00am and our afterschool childcare, Kids Club, is available each day from 3.15pm to 6.00pm.  For more information or to book a place, please contact the school office.


Eligibility for 30 hours free nursery education

You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner, if you have one) are:

  • in work – or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
  • each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week – this is £120 if you’re over 25

This earnings limit doesn’t apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.

You’re not eligible if:

  • your child doesn’t usually live with you
  • the child is your foster child
  • either you or your partner has a taxable income over £100,000

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits or childcare vouchers.

If you can’t work

You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

Apply for 30 hours free childcare

You’ll need your details (and your partner’s, if you have one), including your:

  • National Insurance number
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR), if you’re self-employed

You’ll find out if you’re eligible as part of your application. It usually takes 20 minutes to complete.

You’ll get a childcare account if your application is successful. You can use it to get your code for 30 hours free childcare.

Go to the Childcare & Nursery Menu

Free Nursery Eligibility

Your child will be eligible for a free place if you are in receipt of one of the following benefits. We will write to you to let you know if you can access a free place.

  • Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (income based).
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related).
  • Support through Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act.
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.
  • Child Tax Credit with annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year.
  • The Working Tax Credit 4 week-run on (the payment a claimant receives when they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit).
  • Working Tax credits with annual gross earnings of no more than £16,190 per year.
  • Disability Living Allowance.

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

  • Has a current statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan.
  • Is looked after by the local authority.

In addition, your child may be offered a place if you have left care through special guardianship or through an adoption or residence order.

You can find more information from Liverpool City Council, below is a link to their website:

Visit the Liverpool City Council website

You can also find more information from the Government website, just click on the link below:

Visit the Government website

Attendance at our nursery does not automatically transfer into our school’s 3 year old nursery, therefore please complete an application form, available from the school office.