Free childcare and free early education
Free childcare for two year olds
Some children are able to access free early education/childcare in a pre-school, nursery or with a childminder for 15 hours per week, 38 weeks per year.
Check if you are eligible here. You will need to provide your surname, date of birth and your national insurance number. If you are successful, you will be provided with a unique reference number (URN) that you will need to print and take along to the setting that you would like your child to attend.
More information can be found here. If you need to speak with someone regarding your application, please contact the Childhood Support Services team on 01992 555770 or text CHILDCARE to 62233.
If you would like to complete a paper application, you can print one here. Please return to the address on the form.
Free early education and childcare 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.
30 hours free childcare
The government are introducing 30 hours of free childcare for all parents who are working more than 8 hours per week for their three and four year olds. This will be implemented in some areas from September 2016, with full implementation from September 2017. Further information will be posted on this website once it becomes available.