Free Early Years Entitlement

What is the Free Early Years Entitlement?

From the term after your child’s third birthday, he or she can have up to 15 hours a week of free flexible early years childcare and education. This is called the Free Early Years Entitlement and it is paid for by the government. The places are available throughout England for 15 hours per week, for 38 weeks per year.

What am I entitled to?

Up to 15 hours a week For up to 38 weeks a year over three terms Your child may attend all 15 hours at one registered early years establishment or you can divide the hours between a maximum of two providers. You are not entitled to claim the Free Early Years Entitlement Funding if your child attends for 15 hours a week at a local authority nursery school or nursery class. Wherever possible, it is better for children to stay and settle down in a familiar place rather than keep changing. If you move your child after the headcount date, you will not be able to claim a free place somewhere else for the rest of the term. You can sign up with another provider to start the free entitlement again from the next term (ie 1st January, 1st April, 1st September). The only exception is for children in public care (looked after children) or at risk of becoming looked after, who can move during the term.

Where can my child access a free place?

Most Pre-Schools and Nurseries will have places available. The first 15 hours a week are free for 38 weeks. Of course, you can pay for more childcare hours to fit in with your family’s needs.

If you would like some further advice and guidance please contact Sharon or Helen.