Every 3 and 4 year old child is entitled to 15 hours per week of free early years provision, for 38 weeks per year from the term after their third birthday.
This must be taken over a minimum of two days and with a maximum of two childcare providers.
Children are eligible at the start of the term following their third birthday until statutory school age, so a child born between:
|Children born between||Eligible to start from|
|1 April - 31 August||Autumn term (starts September)|
|1 September - 31 December||Spring term (starts January)|
|1 January - 31 March||Summer term (starts April)|
Parents are able to choose from:
Childcare providers from the private, voluntary, independent or local authority sector who best meet the families requirements.
A variety of different types of providers, including full day care, sessional care, nursery schools, school run nurseries, nursery classes, pre-schools and childminders.
Parents are also able to choose from a variety of combinations of hours which suit their work, training and other family commitments.
Please note, funding will be claimed by your childcare provider.
View our preferred provider list.
To find out about different type of childcare and childminding or what offer is available in your choice of provision please contact the Family Connect Team:
Telephone: 01952 385385
or you can download our information leaflet.