Early years - free entitlement
Free early education places for two, three and four year old children
All three and four year old children and some two year old children are entitled to a free part-time nursery education place of up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. Or the hours can be stretched hours over the full year (Discuss how many weeks and hours you will be able to attend with your chosen provider).
Where can my child take up a place?
Your child can access their Early Years Free Entitlement (EYFE) at any of the places listed in the
Wakefield Council Directory of Providers or on the
Schools Database. These providers are registered and inspected by Ofsted and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), they include:
A child qualifies for a nursery place the term after their second or third birthday.
Child's date of birth and term
When they're eligible
1 January - 31 March (Spring)
Summer (after Easter)
1 April - 31 August (Summer)
1 September - 31 December (Autumn)
How two year olds can qualify
If you think you meet one of the following criteria then your child could be eligible for a free place.
Income Based Job Seekers Allowance or Income Based Employment Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit with a gross income of £16,190 or less
Working Tax Credit with a gross income of £16,190 or less
or if the child
Has a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Educational Health Care Plan
Is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance
Is a Looked After Child, left care through Special Guardianship, Adoption Order or Residence Order
A letter is sent to parents who qualify a month before the start of each term. If you haven't received a letter and you meet one of the above criteria please contact Families Information Service on 0800 587 8042 or email