Nursery places 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 partner provider nursery or partner childminder, starting the term after their third birthday. 

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

  • Autumn term:  August - December 2019, 1 March and 31 August 2016, they start in August 2019 
  • Spring term:  January - March 2020, 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2016, they start in January 2020
  • Summer term:  April - June 2020, 1 January 2017 and 29 February 2017, they start in April 2020,

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


Download the application form - PDF

You may want to visit a few places before you decide where to apply. Please contact your local nursery, partner provider or childminder to make an appointment.

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