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Free Entitlement 3 and 4 Year Olds

Free Entitlement 3 and 4 Year Olds

 The Free Entitlement also known as Nursery Education Funding 3 and 4 Year Funding is early education sessions to support your child's development and transition into education.

Key Points:

• Every eligible 3 and 4 year old is entitled to free early education sessions of up to 15 hours, the term after their 3rd birthday:

Child who is 3 between 1 April - 31 August : Eligible from September

Child who is 3 between 1 September - 31 December : Eligible from January

Child who is 3 between 1 January - 31 March: Eligible from April

• You can access this free place at a number of private day nurseries and pre schools and childminders across the borough.

• Your child is entitled to up to 15 hours over 38 weeks of the year (subject to provider availability.)

Please Note

• All Free Entitlement sessions must be free to parents at the point of delivery and there should be no conditions attached to a free place. Any fees, for such as additional hours, lunches, additional activity sessions (yoga bunnies, football coaching) must be presented clearly to you and agreed, prior to your child starting at the setting. This should be agreed in your contract and stated clearly on your invoice.

• This confirmation ‘only’ stands if the setting is in agreement with information you provided us that they offered you a placement. If the setting disagrees, your placement will not be honoured and we cannot be held accountable as we acted on the information you provided. Should this arise, please email or call us on the details below and we will help you find an alternative setting.

• When signing a contract with a childcare provider, please make yourself aware of the agreement you are signing. You will need to be aware of the notice period that you are agreeing to give the setting if you choose to remove your child. Failure to give adequate notice, may result in you not being able to access your funding elsewhere until your notice period has ended.

• Please be aware that if you obtain your place at a school based nursery, this does not guarantee you a school place at this school later on, when your child is due to start reception.

If you feel you need further information about the Free Entitlement, please click here to download the factsheet.

Good questions to ask Childminders

Good questions to ask group settings 

How do I find the funded childcare place?

  • Find the Nursery, Pre School or Childminder you'd like to attend. You can find one here.
  • Call the childcare setting to organise a visit.
  • Agree with them that they have a FUNDED vacancy for your 3 or 4 year old and agree the placement.

If this is your first time finding childcare, why not use a handy guides below:



I have a concern about my Free Entitlement.

If you feel you have a concern in relation to your Free Entitlement please take a look at our Free Entitlement FAQ page and scroll to the bottom.