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All 3 and 4-year-old children and some 2-year-old children are entitled to 15 hours a week of free early education and childcare. This adds up to 570 hours per year.
Enjoying good quality early education has been found to give children a good start in life, making them more likely to enjoy and do well at school. They can:
Hear the real stories of parents whose two-year-olds are getting free childcare in Merton.
Eligible children can take up a free place after their second or third birthday from the relevant date shown below.
|Child born between||Will be eligible from|
|1 January and 31 March||1 April|
|1 April and 31 August||1 September|
|1 September and 31 December||1 January|
You have a choice about where your child takes up their place.
Early education is provided using one of these patterns:
Your 2-year-old child may be able to get a free place if you have an annual household income of under £16,190 (before tax) and either
Find out if you can claim a place by visiting the My Early Learning website
Places are also available if:
If you meet any of these three criteria, you will need to have paper proof of this to claim your child's free place.
If you are unhappy that your child may not be receiving their free entitlement in the way that it is published on this website, please see the complaints procedure for more information.
To start a formal review, you will need to complete a Stage Two Form (as specified in the complaints procedure above).
Frequently Asked Questions - free places for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds
Early Education for 2-year-olds leaflet
Information about free childcare for two-year-olds has been translated into:
This page was last updated on Wednesday 22 February 2017