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Standard Criteria April 2018 onwards
The criteria for accessing 15 hours' worth of free education for some 2-year-olds is stated below. Up to 15 hours per week over a minimum of 38 weeks per year is available, depending on your family circumstances, with nurseries, playgroups or childminders.
To be eligible to receive a free early education place for your 2-year-old, you will need to meet one or more of the following criteria:
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Your child turns 2 between:
You can apply for a place:
Your child will start their funded place:
|1 April - 31 August||1 May - 31 August||1 September (Autumn Term)|
|1 September - 31 December||1 October - 31 December||1 January (Spring Term)|
|1 January - 31 March||1 February - 31 March||1 April (Summer Term)|
Children like to explore the world around them, play with other children and have fun. Good early years education from a young age can help children to:
Please check the criteria listed above carefully to see if your child could be eligible for a funded place. If you think that you might be eligible, then you can Apply Online or alternatively you can ring the Free Early Education Entitlement Team using the contact information below and we will do the check for you and give you an immediate response.
If you are caring for a Looked After Child or your child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or has left care through adoption, special guardianship order or is subject to a child arrangement order then please do not apply online as you will automatically qualify and do not require a check. In these circumstances please contact the Free Early Education Entitlement Team on 01744 676541/676542/676557.
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