Free early education
Free early education for two year olds
Free early education for two year olds is a funded scheme which entitles some children to access a place in a pre-school, nursery or with a childminder for 15 hours per week, 38 weeks per year, and eligibility criteria apply. You can see if you are eligible here. Please use the links on this page to find out more information.
Find providers who offer free early education by searching the childcare directory.
Free early education for three and four year olds
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). Free early education places are available at a range of early years settings including nursery schools and classes, day nurseries, play groups, pre-schools and childminders. Please use the links on this page to find out more information.