Free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds
All three and four year old children are entitled to 570 hours of free early education per year available from the term following the child's 3rd birthday up until they reach compulsory school age. It is for every child irrespective of background or family circumstances.
From September 2017 there is an additional entitlement for children from eligible families, you can find further information on the 30 hours free childcare page.
The 570 free early education hours can be taken at a:
- private/voluntary day nursery
- independent school, or
- school nursery
You will need to use our online process to apply for a school nursery place. Visit our nursery and school admissions page for more information.
To find details about childcare provisions in your area, use the button below.
Early Years Pupil Premium
Did you know your school or setting may be entitled to £300 per year to improve the education of your child? For more information visit the Early Years Pupil Premium page.