Find out when and how to apply for a nursery or childcare place in your area through your local council.
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Unlike school, your child doesn't legally have to go to nursery or any kind of pre-school.
Funding for nursery places
When your child is aged 3 and 4, you can get 600 hours of free early learning and childcare a year. This is around 16 hours a week in term time.
Children younger than aged 3 may also be able to get funding.
Find out more about
help with childcare costs. Further information
Find out more information about pre-school learning and childcare on the
Citizen's Advice website.