What you are entitled to?
All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education for 38 weeks of the year. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). The early education can take place in nurseries, playgroups, preschools or at their childminders.
This will be delivered flexibly over a minimum of three days.
Since September 2009 most local authorities have been making the extended offer available to 25 per cent of their most disadvantaged two year old children and we will contact you if this should apply.
Our Early Years Free Entitlement Policy
Please click on the link below for a more detailed breakdown of how the policy works.
When your child qualifies for a free place?
The table below shows when your child will become eligible for their free early learning place.
1 September following their third birthday until statutory school
1 January following their third birthday until statutory school age
1 April following their third birthday until statutory school age