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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

Term dates

Estimated number of weeks per term

Summer term

Usually 12 weeks

Autumn term

Usually 14 weeks

Spring term

Usually 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.

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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