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Free childcare places
Free childcare is also called FEEE (Free Early Educational Entitlement).
All 3 and 4 year olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of FEEE. This is usually taken as a maximum of 15 hours a week over 38 weeks of the year, in line with Leicestershire’s school term dates, but can be taken as fewer hours over more weeks. Some 2 year olds are also eligible.
What you need to do
- Check if your child is eligible
- Find a childcare provider which offers the FEEE. This might be a day nursery, pre-school and playgroup or a childminder
- Check how you can use your hours
- Sign a Parental Statement of Undertaking (PSOU) showing the hours your child attends the provider
Your child may be offered a place in a nursery or reception class when they are 4 years old if you've applied for a school place.
Once a child is attending school, even on a part-time basis you are no longer entitled to FEEE.
Your child doesn't have to attend school until they are compulsory school age (the term after their 5th birthday).
Further information about starting school is in the 'Your Guide to Primary Education'.
Got a concern
If you are worried about the way in which your FEEE is being managed, write to:
Early Learning and Childcare Service (0-5 Learning Service)
Leicestershire County Council