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Free early education

Free early education for two year olds

Free early education for two year olds is a funded scheme which entitles your child to access a place in a pre-school, nursery or with a childminder for 15 hours per week, 38 weeks per year. 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 and pre-schools and childminders. Please use the links on this page to find out more information. 

You can download an A3 poster or A5 postcard to promote free early education for two year olds in your settings.

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