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Early learning and childcare

How to apply for a nursery place

Apply for a nursery place for a 2, 3 and 4 year old child. Find out if your 2 year old qualifies for a free place and about the increased 1140 hours.

All 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds, qualify for 600 hours of free childcare. From August 2020, this will increase to 1140 hours.

We're rolling the increased hours out from August 2018 to 4 of our nurseries. We'll allocate the increased hours by priority.

Do you qualify for the increased 1140 hours?

Apply for 3 and 4 year old places

pdf icon Nursery application guidance notes [1015kb]

pdf icon Nursery application form [179kb]

Nursery start date

Your child will normally start the term following their 3rd birthday. Or their 2nd birthday if they qualify for a nursery place. However, many of our Council nurseries will be able to give you a start date nearer your child's birthday,

When will my child start nursery?
Child turning 2 or 3Start date
Between 1 March and 31 AugustAugust term
Between 1 September and 31 DecemberJanuary term
Between 1 January and end of FebruaryApril term


Some of nurseries offer wraparound care over and above the hours you qualify for. This will depend on availability. Wraparound includes:

  • from 8am to start of morning session
  • during lunch
  • from end of session until 6pm
  • during school holiday (family centres)

Find out which ERC nurseries offer wraparound


The wraparound charge is £2.25 per hour.


How to apply for a nursery place

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