All three and four year old children are entitled to free early years learning, and some two year olds are eligible for free childcare places as well. In Cambridgeshire, these funded places are available in: pre-schools playgroups day nurseries independent schools local authority nursery schools/classes, and with accredited childminder networks Early years funding is a national scheme, administered by local authorities in their areas. You can read about the legal framework and principles in the Early Years Funding Code of Practice for Local Authorities. Your child is entitled to 15 free hours of early learning per week over 38 weeks. These hours can also be spread more evenly across the year but with fewer hours per week, for example 11 hours per week over 50 weeks (up to 570 hours a year).

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