Early education and childcare | Oxfordshire County Council

Early education and childcare

Early education entitlement, finding a place and extra help available.

Children aged three and four are entitled to up to 15 hours of free nursery education.  

There are many organisations and groups offering early education and childcare. These include day nurseries, pre-schools, nursery schools and childminders.

Some two-years-olds are also entitled to up to 15 hours of free education. Some three and four year old children are entitled to the early years pupil premium.

All early education providers must operate under the legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. This requires them to carefully consider the specific needs of each child they look after in order to provide appropriate support. Every early years setting is required to follow the SEND Code of Practice (2015) and will have knowledge about including and supporting children with SEN.  They should have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator who will help to ensure that your child receives the right support.

For children with SEN or disabilities, their needs can be met from the resources of the setting, however where this is not possible, the setting is able to seek additional funding through a range of funding routes.

Where a child has a free entitlement to attend an Early Years provision, including the 30 hour free childcare, additional funding may be accessed through a variety of funding routes.

We have a duty to ensure that there is sufficient childcare for parents seeking to work, train or study.

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Last reviewed
08 March 2016
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