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Free Early Education for three and four-year-olds

All three and four-year-olds in Medway are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year.

Children in Medway can receive their free nursery education: 

Some nurseries, pre-schools and most childminders operate for longer than 15 hours a week and/or more than 38 weeks per year. At some of these you may be asked to pay a fee for the extra hours or days that your child attends.

Eligible age

  • A child born on or between 1 April and 31 August will become eligible for a free place from 1 September following their third birthday.
  • A child born on or between 1 September and 31 December will become eligible for a free place from 1 January following their third birthday.
  • A child born on or between 1 January and 31 March will become eligible for a free place from 1 April following their third birthday.

Your child will be entitled to a free part-time place from the beginning of the school term (one, three or five) when they have reached the eligible age. Find out the school term dates.

Once your child enters the reception class of a primary school, the nursery education arrangements will stop.

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