Nursery places for 3 and 4 year olds

All three and four year old children are entitled to receive 15 hours of free, flexible early education/childcare per week, 38 weeks per year.   

Flexible offer:

Free early education/childcare places can be taken flexibly between 7am and 7pm however the following applies:

  • Maximum of 9 hours in one day
  • Minimum of 3 hours in one day
  • No more than 12 hours over 2 days
  • Where sessional care is offered these can be:
  • 5 hours per day over 3 days
  • 3 hours per day over 5 days

How to get nursery places?

Your child's nursery must be registered with Ofsted and included on the local authority list of early education providers to receive the free sessions. These include school nurseries, day nurseries, childminders and playgroups.

To find out if your child's nursery is on the list of early education providers, please contact Family Information Service on 0121 569 4914 or ask a member of staff at your child's nursery.

When does my child become eligible?

  • If your child is born between 1 April and 31 August, they will be eligible for a free place from the start of the autumn term following their third birthday, until statutory school age.
  • If your child is born between 1 September and 31 December, they will be eligible for a free place from the start of the spring term following their third birthday, until statutory school age.
  • If your child is born between 1 January and 31 March, they will be eligible for a free place from the start of the summer term following their third birthday, until statutory school age.

Further Information

We have developed a nursery education funding booklet that contains all the information that you need to know about nursery education.

If you require any further information on nursery education funding please contact Sandwell Family Information Service on 0121 569 4914.