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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 or pre-schools and with approved childminders.

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. It might that a parent can use more than one provider so that their child can access their full entitlement; and these hours might be 'stretched' to fit in better with parent's working patterns or other commitments.

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

From April 2015 if your child is three or four years old and attending an early years education provider, then they could claim an additional £302 per year for each child to spend on supporting the development, learning and care of it's children by accessing the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) funding. Like the Pupil Premium available in Hampshire schools for children in Reception up to Year 11, the Early Years Pupil Premium will provide nurseries, pre-schools and childminders with extra funding to support children in achieving the best early years outcomes and start they can.

How can the Early Years Pupil Premium help your child and others that attend your child's early years education setting?

The funding can help by providing:

The funding that the provider receives for individual children may be 'pooled' together across other providers and schools in their locality, enabling access to other opportunities such as a specialist practitioner or specific resources that can be effectively shared.

Early years education providers will have to effectively demonstrate to the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) how funds have been used to improve children's education.

Use the links below for more information and to apply for free early years education:

*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:


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