We will need to take your details, your child’s details, and your National Insurance number. Once we have this information we can check if you are eligible and send you confirmation.
You can claim a free place for your child if you receive one or more of the following...
If you are entitled, free early learning is available from the term after your child turns two and finishes at the end of the term in which your child turns three. You can then claim the three and four year old 15 hours of free early education.
You can use the table below to work out when your child's free place will start and end...
|Child's birth date||They are eligible for a free place from:||Their free place ends:||You can apply for a place from:|
|1st January and 31st March||The beginning of the summer term (April)||At the end of the spring school term as your child turns three||1st January, before the April you want to take up childcare in.|
|1st April and 31st August||The beginning of the autumn term (September)||At the end of the summer school term as your child turns three||1st May, before the September you want to take up childcare in.|
|1st September and 31st December||The beginning of the spring term (January)||At the end of the autumn school term as your child turns three||1st October, before the January you want to take up childcare in.|
You MUST have taken up your place by the time we complete a headcount of funded children. This is generally in January, April and September. If you haven’t signed a parental contract and started using childcare by headcount then you will not be able to take up your place that term.
If you want more than 15 hours a week then you’ll have to pay for the extra hours. Talk to the nursery or provider that you’re using to check how and what they would charge for the extra hours.
If you are just using the 15 hours of free early education, the only other thing you might have to pay for is your child’s lunch. You would need to talk to the early years provider you want to use about what options they offer and what the possible cost might be. Any extras should be agreed before your child takes up the place, and we would recommend that these extras are confirmed in writing.
If you’re paying for extra childcare then your provider might make you pay a registration or administration fee as well as paying for lunch.