Early Education and Childcare
All children, including children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), are entitled to early education funding from the term following their 3rd birthday until they start school. This is available for up to fifteen hours a week during term time.
Registered childcare services for children aged 0-18 are usually paid for by parents and are available at:
For a maintained list of early education and childcare provision, please click on the below links
Extended Eligibility Criteria for 2 Year Olds
The Department for Education (DFE) have extended the eligibility for the free early education entitlement. If you are a Non-UK citizen or are an EAL family unable to claim benefits then click the link below for further information.
Extended Eligibility Criteria for 2 Year Olds flyer – has more information on who is eligible and how eligibility is assessed.
Film clips on childcare entitlements
For further information around the childcare entitlements, please view the following clips
2 year funding
Universal 15 hours and 30 hours funding
The extended eligibility criteria
Disability Access Funding
For more information regarding Early Years Disability Access Funding for parents & settings, please click the link to the Disability Access funding page on the Early Years Hub for Swindon website.
If you are interested in viewing the latest Ofsted reports for each childcare provider, please click link.
Early Years and Childcare Services
Swindon Borough Council