Nurseries and pre-schools
Nurseries and pre-schools provide care and education for 2 to 5 year olds. They are usually term time only sessions between the hours of 9.00am to 3.00pm every weekday.
How to find a nursery or pre-school
Please go to the family information service for up to date nursery and pre-school information.
Free entitlement to early education
All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 570 hours per year of free early education over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year. This entitlement starts from the term following their 3rd birthday until they reach compulsory school age (beginning of the term following their 5th birthday). Please see our free entitlement to early education page for full information.
Some eligible 2 year olds are also now entitled to free early education - please see the free entitlement to early education page for full information on eligibility.