Free early education

PLAY@Churwell Day Nursery provides free early education for 2-4 year olds under the government funded scheme.

Eligible 2 year olds are entitled to 15 hours a week during term-time from the term after their 2nd birthday. You can check if you are eligible with your local Children’s Centre or the Family Information Service.

3-4 year old children are entitled to a free 15 hour place the term after their 3rd birthday to when they start school. This increases to 30 hours a week for children of working parents – you can check if you are eligible and apply for the extra 15 hours at .

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework which is designed to ensure that children learn and develop well and gain the broad range of knowledge and skills to provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. Schools, day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders all follow the same EYFS. We employ an Early Years Teacher and Early Educators to lead our sessions.

Our service is fully flexible, regardless of whether you are entitled to 15 or 30 hours of free early education and childcare. We are open from 7:30 to 18:00 for 51 weeks of the year and we can agree a pattern of sessions to suit the needs of you and your child. This includes ‘stretching’ your free hours to cover school holidays so instead of 15 hours a week in term-time you could choose to book 12 hours a week over the whole year. You can also book additional paid for sessions.

Download our leaflet - Free nursery places for 2-4 year olds