When is my child eligible for a free place?
The date you can start claiming a free places is set by the Department for Education. It starts from the term following either your child’s second or third birthday, if your household is eligible for 2 year old funding.
A child born on or between
Can receive free nursery education from
1 April and 31 August
Autumn Term (September)
1 September and 31 December
Spring Term (January)
1 January and 31 March
Summer Term (April)
The start and end dates of school holidays has no bearing on the eligibility dates or when funding starts.
Free childcare funding ends the term after a childs fifth birthday, or when your child moves into reception class in a maintained school. This is even if you opt for your child to attend reception class part time.