Nursery places for three and four year olds

Early learning and childcare for three and four year olds

All children can get a funded part-time place at a council nursery, or funding towards a place at a private one, starting the term after their third birthday. 

When your child starts their funded nursery place depends on their date of birth. If between

  • 1 January and 28 February 2015, they start in April 2018 for the summer term
  • 1 March and 31 August 2015, they start in August 2018 for the autumn term
  • 1 September and 31 December 2015, they start in January 2019 for the spring term.

Nursery places for children younger than three are provided at full cost by private nurseries, unless you are eligible for free early learning and childcare for two year olds.


You may want to visit a few places before you decide where to apply. Please phone the nursery to make an appointment.

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Download the nursery application form (PDF, 215 KB)

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