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Early Education for 3 and 4 year olds

What does it do?
All families can get early education for their three or four year old for at least 15 hours a week from a school nursery, pre-school, day nursery, or childminder.

Who is it for?
All three and four year olds are entitled to a free early education place. The Local Authority makes available free early education places for every eligible child in the Bradford district from the relevant date following their third birthday until they reach compulsory school age. Working parents to get an additional 15 hours of free childcare a week during term-time. The number of free hours are based around term-time weeks. Parents can use the entitlement all year round but their child will receive fewer hours. For instance, your child could receive 30 hours for 38 weeks a year, or 22.8 hours for 50 weeks. A child is eligible for the new entitlement the term after their 3rd birthday. Parents can be kept up to date about when to apply for 30 hours using the link below.

How do I access it?
Speak to a day nursery, pre school, childminder or school nursery to find out if they are registered. For a list of childcare professionals registered to provide early education for three and four year olds you can use our online Childcare and Early Education Finder or contact Bradford Council on 01274 437503.

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.