About the Free Entitlement for 2 year olds
This page is for early years settings.
The Free Entitlement (FE) for 2 year olds provides 570 hours per
year of free, quality early education and care for eligible 2 year
olds in the county.
In order to be eligible to offer FE for 2 year olds:
- a pre-school or day nursery must be rated 'Satisfactory',
'Good' or 'Outstanding' in their most recent Ofsted
- childminders must either be rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding'
in their most recent Ofsted report or have a Level 3 childcare
- all providers should regularly evaluate the quality of
If you think your setting is eligible to offer FE for 2 year olds
and wish to join the scheme, please phone the Family
Information Service (FIS) and ask to speak to the Specialist
Team, or email email@example.com
General information on how the scheme is operated can be found
below, and more in-depth frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be
found at the bottom of this page within Supporting Documents.
Our Free Entitlement, and Choosing Childcare information leaflets for
parents and carers are available for download in 5 other languages
(Polish, Russian, Tagalog, Arabic and Portuguese).