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Funded early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Free early education for 2 year olds

Your child can get free early education the term after their second birthday if you live in Slough and you get one of these benefits. Once your child has been approved for free early learning they will continue to be funded even if your family does not meet the criteria at a later date.

Your child can also get free early education at the age of two, if:

  • they are looked after by a local council
  • they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (ECHP)
  • they receive Disability Living Allowance
  • they have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.

Your child will be able to start their free place from the beginning of the term after their second birthday. You can apply in the term of your child's second birthday. If you think you are eligible, please complete an application on the Citizen Portal

The details you provide will be used to check your eligibility. In some cases, further details and evidence of income may be required.

For more information or help to complete the form, contact the Early Years Service on 01753 476554. You can also contact the Children’s Centres on 01753 476566.

Further information is available on Slough Borough Council website.

Free early education for 3 and 4 year olds

Universal entitlement

All children are entitled to a funded early education place at an approved provider of the family’s choice, from the beginning of the term after they are three.

Extended entitlement - 30 hours

From 1 September 2017 the government is introducing an Extended Entitlement to early education for working families. The extended entitlement is an additional 570 hours, making 1140 hours in total. This works out to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year, but, like the universal entitlement, this can be stretched over more weeks of the year if the family wishes and over more than one site per day.

Click here for further information as to eligiblity and how to apply.

A list of the approved settings for funded early education can be found in this section.