Free early learning for 2 year olds

Your child can get free early learning the term after their second birthday if you live in Slough and you get one of these benefits. Once your child has been approved for free early learning they will continue to be funded even if your family does not meet the criteria at a later date.

Your child can also get free early learning at the age of two, if:

  • they are looked after by a local council
  • they have an Education, Health and Care Plan (ECHP)
  • they receive Disability Living Allowance
  • they have left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order.

Your child will be able to start their free place from the beginning of the term after their second birthday. You can apply in the term of your child's second birthday. If you think you are eligible, please complete the online free early learning form. The details you provide will be used to check your eligibility. In some cases, further details and evidence of income may be required.

For more information or help to complete the form, contact the Early Years Service on 01753 476554. You can also contact the Children’s Centres on 01753 476566.

You can apply online and check your child's eligibility here:

or you can download an application form here:

How to use the free early learning place

Once your eligibility has been confirmed, you will be able to look for an early learning place that suits you and your child. Places are available at approved nurseries, pre-schools, children’s centres and childminders.

You can discuss the hours your child attends with your chosen early years’ provider. For example, you may choose to use 15 hours a week term-time only or fewer hours a week over a full year.

For help to find a place email FIS@slough.gov.uk, call the Family Information Service on 01753 476589 or the Early Years Service on 01753 476554.