Your childcare and early learning options

Age 3 and 4

When your child reaches the age of 2, you can add them to the waiting list of the early learning and childcare setting of your choice.

When can my child start?

When children can start their early learning and childcare place
Month when the child turns 3 When can the child start?
January February (one month and one day following 3rd birthday)
February March (one month and one day following 3rd birthday)
March to August August (start of autumn term)
September October (one month and one day following 3rd birthday)
October November (one month and one day following 3rd birthday)
November January (start of winter term)
December January (start of winter term)

How to apply

All early learning and childcare providers process their own applications for 3 and 4 year olds. Contact the nursery, childminder, partnership centre or other provider.

You can also download and print an application (PDF). Complete the form and take it to your preferred provider.

Childminders

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