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Suggested weeks

As per the provider agreement for funding free places for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds, providers should be clear and communicate to parents details about the days, times and weeks they offer free places, along with their services and charges.

Providers delivering a term time only offer

For providers claiming funding over 38 weeks (often referred to as term time only offer), the council suggests the following weeks per term. Usually there are 195 days/39 weeks per academic year with 5 inset days/1 week (not funded).

Please note: 

For providers delivering a term time only offer, the maximum number of weeks to claim is 38. Therefore, it is important that providers put plans in place for additional days/week. For example, but not limited to, charging for additional weeks over and above 38 or open for 38 weeks only.

Table showing term dates for 2019 to 2020

2019 to 2020 Bracknell Forest term dates


Summer term – 23 April 2019 to 23 July 2019

12 weeks

Autumn term – 3 September 2019 to 19 December 2019

14 weeks

Spring term – 6 January 2020 to 3 April 2020

12 weeks

Providers offering term time only provision must make allowance for INSET days during school term dates to make sure they do not exceed the maximum allocation.

Details of how the weeks are calculated are available in our guidance notes.

Table showing example number of weeks to claim per term

Term dates

Maximum number of weeks
to claim per term

Summer - 1 April to 31 August

Usually 22

Autumn - 1 September to 31 December

Usually 17

Spring - 1 January to 31 March

Usually 13


52 weeks

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