Free Nursery Entitlement

Read Hartlepool’s Strategy for the Early Years

Who can have a place?

All 3 and 4 year old children are entitled to 570 hours per year of Free Nursery Entitlement, the term after their 3rd birthday.

From April 2013, some 2 year old children may also be eligible for 570 hours per year of Free Nursery Entitlement, the term after their 2nd birthday.

To check whether your child is eligible for a 2 year old Free Nursery Entitlement place, we will need the following information:

  • your National Insurance Number
  • your date of birth
  • your surname

You may also be entitled to a 2 year old Free Nursery Entitlement place if you are in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Related Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit with a total annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Have a current SEN Statement or an Education, Health and Care plan or claim Disability Living Allowance for the child
  • All 2 year olds that are looked after by the Local Authority, adopted, fostered or have a special guardianship order

 When can children access a free place?


A child born between:

Will become eligible for a free place:

 1st April to 31st August

 1st September following child's birthday

 1st September to 31st December

 1st January following child's birthday

 1st January to 31st March

 1st April following child's birthday

Where can children access a free place?

  • Approved Private Nursery
  • Approved Registered Childminder
  • Participating School Nurseries
  • Approved Sessional Care Provider

The above providers are all inspected by Ofsted and are approved by Hartlepool Borough Council using their Quality Rating System.

To make you application for a 2 year old nursery place please use the following link:

For more information, call The Early Years Team on 01429 523523.

(Not the number below)