Start and end dates
The date you can start claiming free early learning and childcare depends on your child's birthday.
|If your child's birthday is on or between these dates||They will be eligible from these school terms||Total number of terms for 3 and 4 year olds||Your child will start school at this age|
|1 March – 31 August||August (autumn term) that year||6 terms||5 years and 0-6 months|
|1 September -31 December||January (spring term) following their birthday||5 terms (you can request another 3 terms in a deferred year)||4 years and 8-11 months or, 5 years and 8-11 months if deferred|
|1 January – last day February||March/April (summer term) following their birthday||4 terms (you are entitled to another 3 terms in a deferred year if requested)||4 years and 6-7 months; or, 5 years and 6-7 months if deferred|