Early Education helps children to develop strong foundations for future learning, gives children the opportunity to learn through hands-on activities and play and ensures that children’s learning is supported by staff who understand how children develop and learn.
All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to a free part time Early Education place. The entitlement is for 15 hours per week and these hours can be accessed over a minimum of 3 days between the hours 9am and 4pm. The entitlement is available for 38 weeks a year.
For 3 year olds, this entitlement starts from the term after the child’s 3rd birthday. Please see below the matrix of school terms to assist in working out the eligibility of a child.
|Month your child was born
|January – March
||Summer – from 1st April |
|April – August
||Autumn – from 1st September |
|September - December
||Spring – from 1st January |
Parents / carers do not contribute towards this minimum entitlement but may be charged fees for any services or childcare that is additional to the free Early Education place.
To check your child’s eligibility and apply for an Early Education place, please choose your preferred method from the list below:
- If you know which childcare provider you would prefer to provide a place for your child, contact the provider and ask for details about Early Education places
- If you need advice about finding an Early Education place you can contact the Family information service on 01942 828644 or by e-mail at email@example.com who can provide details about providers who offer Early Education places
- If you need information about the Early Education entitlement contact the Early Years Finance Team on 01942 486057 or by e-mail at WEYDFunds@wigan.gov.uk