Free early years places

Nursery Education Funding is available for nursery and pre-school places usually from the term after your child turns three, although some funding is available for places for two year olds who meet the criteria.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, and would like your child to attend a pre-school or other provider at 2 years 9 months, you will need to pay until your child is eligible for the funding.

The Southampton Information Directory lists childcare providers offering 2 year old funded places, approved by Ofsted and Southampton City Council. Early years education takes place in pre-schools, nurseries or with childminders.