Governments Early Education Funding

All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year. This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday). Free early education places are available at a range of early years settings including nursery schools and classes, children's centres, day nurseries, play groups and pre-schools and child minders.

At Positive Steps, because we are open all year, we “stretch” your free entitlement hours (max 15 hours per week/570 hours pa) over the full year so parents receive some free hours every month. The free hours you receive each month may vary, in line with the length of each term, but are clearly shown on your monthly invoice.

For more information about free nursery education in your area, contact your Family Information Service (FIS). The FIS provides information, advice and assistance to parents, carers and professionals on the range of children, family and young people's services available within their area.

Children are eligible for six terms of free nursery education from the term following their third birthday.

From September 2010 each child is entitled to up to 15 hours per week of free nursery education for 38 weeks per year. The dates determining eligibility of a child for free sessions are set down by the Government. They are:

A child born on or between, will become eligible for Early Education Funding

1st April and 31st August
1st September (or from the start of the Autumn term following their 3rd birthday)


1st September and 31st December
1st January (or from the start of the Srping term following their 3rd birthday)


1st January and 31st March
1st April (or from the start of the Summer term following their 3rd birthday)


For more information on Early Education Funding see www.direct.gov.uk