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.
Free early education/childcare places can be taken flexibly between 7am and 7pm however the following applies:
Maximum of 10 hours in one day
Minimum of 2.5 hours in one day
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.
Please note: There is a cut of date each term for when your child needs to have started at your chosen Nursery Education Provider.
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.
How to make a complaint if you are not satisfied that your child/children has received their free place or with any aspect of the way you have received it.