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Early years and childcare

The Families Information Service provide a free and impartial service which gives up to date and accurate information on Ofsted registered childcare.

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We can help you to find the most suitable childcare based on your requirements and also give you information on help you can get towards your childcare costs. 

Contact The Families Information service on 01642 527225 or

Free childcare for families receiving certain government support

Find out if your child is eligible for 15 hours a week free childcare during term time and how to apply.

30 hours free childcare for working parents

Working parents of children aged 3 and 4 years old could be entitled for up to 30 hours free childcare a week. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

30 hours free childcare for foster carers

Foster Carers of children aged 3 and 4 years old are eligible for 30 hours free childcare if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Early Years Pupil Premium

Your chosen school, nursery or childminder may also be able to claim additional funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium. This is to support your child's development, learning and care.

Free nursery entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to a free nursery place, of up to 15 hours per week.

Early Years Free Entitlements - Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the most asked questions about early years free entitlements.

Disability Access Fund

The Disability Access Fund was introduced in April 2017 to support disabled children's access to the entitlements for three and four year olds.