Fees and Free Places

3 – 4 year olds

ALL 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free education a week for 38 weeks of the year (term time), or at LEYF nurseries you can stretch the 570 hours over the whole calendar year. The government also has the ‘extended offer’ or 30 Hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. This is applicable to working families. *To find out whether you are eligible please visit Childcare Choices.

Once your child turns 3 you can start claiming *free early education following these dates:

Child’s birthday When you can claim
1st  January – 31st March

The beginning of term on or after 1st April (usually after Easter)

1st April – 31st August The beginning of term on or after 1st September
1st September – 31st December The beginning of term on or after 1st January

For example, if your child was born on 12th February then they become eligible the term after they turn three (from 1st April). The free early years education can be at:

  • Day Nurseries
  • Nursery schools and nurseries on school sites
  • Nursery classes in schools and academies
  • Children’s centres
  • Some playgroups and pre-schools
  • Child-minders

The way we offer free places varies across all of our nurseries. If you would like to hear more about the free hours that are available please contact your local nursery. At a year-round setting you can use your free hours across the whole year.

For more information see www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds

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