3 and 4 Year Olds

Free early learning for 3 and 4 year olds

 All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to Funded Early Education and can use childminders, pre-school playgroups, nurseries or children’s centres who are registered with Gloucestershire County Council to deliver nursery education.

The entitlement is for 15 hours per week over a minimum of 38 weeks in the year.

Children must remain in the provision for a minimum of 2 weeks in order to be eligible for the funding. Please note that you if you remove your child before the qualifying period, you will be liable for all costs incurred.

When is your child eligible?

You can start claiming free early education from the term following your child’s 3rd birthday.

Birthday falls between 3 and 4 Year Old Funding Available
1st January and 31st March April (Summer Term)
1st April and 31st August September (Autumn Term)
1st September and 31st December January (Spring Term)

Can you use more than one childcare provider?

The free entitlement can be taken with up to two providers, however the total funded hours cannot exceed 15.

Will there be any additional charges?

If you take more than 15 hours per week there will be a charge made of £5.00 per hour for these additional hours.

Any questions?

Contact the Family Information Service on 01452 427362 or Freephone 0800 542 02 02 (calls to the Freephone number may be charged, check with your network provider)