Free early education for 3 and 4 year olds

The Free Entitlement offers universal free nursery education from the term following your child’s third birthday until they reach compulsory school age.

Your child can access up to 15 hours per week over a minimum of 38 weeks of free early education at a local school nursery, private nursery, pre-school, playgroup or with a childminder that receives funding and is signed up to Oldham’s directory of approved providers. All eligible children can claim up to a maximum of 570 hours within a year.

This entitlement is for every child, no matter what their background or family circumstance.

Eligibility

When will your child become eligible for a free place?
Birthday between these dates
Eligible for a free place from this date
1 April and 31 August 1 September following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age
1 September and 31 December 1 January following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age
1 January and 31 March 1 April following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age

Entitlement

The Free Entitlement equates to 15 hours per week over a minimum of 38 weeks of the year. All eligible children can claim up to a maximum of 570 hours within a year.

As the maximum number of weeks will vary in line with school terms, please contact Preventative Services for more information.

How parents apply

  1. Contact the Ofsted registered childcare provider of your choice
  2. Complete the application process at your chosen provider (maintained nursery, private day nursery, pre-school, playgroup, independent school or accredited childminder)
  3. The provider will then submit the application on your behalf.

Oldham Council will then pay the provider directly.

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Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

From April 2015, children who are currently claiming the Free Entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds in Oldham, who meet certain eligibility criteria, could be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).

The Early Years Pupil Premium is additional funding available for investment in improving outcomes for children.

Early Years and Childcare Services