Free early years places

Free childcare for two year olds - 'The sessions have helped him to come on in leaps and bounds,' Lisa Grundy - Up to 570 hours a year

Nursery Education Funding is available for nursery and pre-school places. This usually applies 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 two years and nine months old, 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.