All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 15 hours of free learning and childcare during school term time.

Some early learning providers offer free hours in the school holidays, for example children could access 11 hours each week for up to 51 weeks of the year.

There is no need to apply, simply choose an approved provider by using the childcare search or contact the Kirklees Family Information Service (FIS)

Your chosen provider will ask you to complete a Parent Agreement and also ask to see your child's birth certificate.

Where free places are available

Your child can access a place from a range of local providers including:

  • day nurseries
  • local authority schools with a nursery class and nursery schools
  • pre-schools and playgroups
  • childminders
  • Independent schools, free schools and academies with a nursery class

When children can start their free place

If your childs' 3rd birthday is between Their free place can start from
1 January and 31 March The start of the Summer term beginning on or after 1 April
1 April and 31 August The start of the Autumn term beginning on or after 1 September
1 September and 31 December The start of the Spring term beginning on or after 1 January

Contact the Family Information Service (FIS)