Services for Young Children

Free Early Years Education

Some two*, and all three and four year olds are entitled to free part-time early years education (EYE).

The part-time, free early years education places are available in school nursery classes, state or private nursery schools, day nurseries, playgroups and pre-schools and with accredited childminders who are part of a quality assured network.

Children must attend an early years education service in Hampshire that is registered with the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), and approved by Services for Young Children.

Some early years education providers cannot offer the full entitlement so it is important for parents to check with their chosen service what they offer.

The Government has produced a statutory guidance for Local Authorities to deliver the free early years education for three and four year olds.

Use the links below for more information:

*Eligible families of two year olds in Hampshire are also entitled to free part-time early years education. To find out more follow the link below:


Information for Parents