Apply for a free nursery place

Overview

Your child is entitled to free early education for up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks, starting from the term following their 3rd birthday.

For example, if your child is 3 in January, they can start in the summer term which begins in April.

Once started your child can continue until they start full time school.

Free nursery education
lf your child turns 3 between...They will be able to start nursery...
1 September and 31 Decemberfrom 1 January or the beginning of the spring term
1 January and 31 Marchfrom 1 April or the beginning of the summer term
1 April and 31 Augustfrom 1 September or the beginning of the autumn term

You can choose where you want your child to go (subject to availability). Places are available at:

The following information refers to nurseries maintained by the Council.

  • For private nurseries, see applying for a place at a private nursery
  • For children's centres, you should contact the centre directly
  • For religious or faith (voluntary-aided) schools you should contact the school's head teacher