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Funded early learning and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

The number of funded hours and start dates depend on your child's date of birth.

Details of when your child will be eligible to start is detailed below.

Start dates for free childcare

Date of child's birthday

Start date

1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018

Year 2
19 August 2021

1 March 2018 to 31 August 2018

Year 1
20 August 2021

1 September 2018 to 31 December 2018

Year 1
10 January 2022

1 January 2019 to 28 February 2019

Year 1
19 April 2022

How to register

Registrations will not take place at the provider's service this year. You will receive a letter and registration form for your 3-year-old or an up-date form from your existing provider. Parents who wish to change provider for August 2021 should e-mail miss@dumgal.gov.uk

How places are allocated

Places at council nurseries are allocated based on priority groupings, from 1 (highest priority) to 8 (lowest priority):

1.   Year 1 and Year 2 children with additional support needs including, children who have deferred entry to school and Looked After children.

2.   a) Year 1 and Year 2 children residing in families within the nursey zone where both parents/carers or lone parents require the place for work/training purposes.
b) Year 1 and Year 2 children residing in families within the nursey zone with siblings already in the setting.

3.   Year 2 Children within the nursery zone.

4.   Year 1 Children within the nursery zone.

5.   Children out with the nursery's zone who are applying to the same nursery they attended in their first year and who have siblings in the school/nursery.

6.   Children out with the nursery's zone who have siblings in the school/nursery.

7.   Children out with the nursery's zone who are applying to the same nursery they attended in their first year.

8.   Children out with the nursery's zone

What happens next

Providers will write to tell you their decision. Parents/carers registering in February this year will be informed by the end of May/start of June.

Following registration, If your details change you must contact the provider(s) as soon as possible so that any amendments can be made to your personal details on your application form or if you want to request a change to the number or pattern of sessions you've asked for.

If you decide that you want to change your provider, you must complete a Transfer Request form. The provider needs 2 weeks notice if your child has already started with them and the form must be sent to us at least 10 days before the transfer takes place.

You have to complete a Leavers Form if you no longer want your child to attend a provider or you're leaving the area. Ask the provider for a copy of this form.

Page last updated: 14/01/2021
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