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Hillside Nursery and Forest School

Free Early Education for 3 to 4 year olds

From the term after your child's 3rd birthday, your child is entitled to 15 hours a week free early education for 38 weeks per year. 

Some families may even be eligible for 30 hours a week, please click here to check your entitlement.


Places are available in each of the school terms; 

AUTUMN (September)         SPRING (January)         SUMMER (April)


To apply for a free place please return a completed LCC application form together with your child's original birth certificate.  The first 15 hours a week are free although you can pay for more childcare hours,  click here to view our session times and wraparound price list.


Places are usually offered the half term before the child is due to start.


The Parental Agreement

Once a place has been agreed you will be asked to sign a Parental Agreement.  This document clearly shows the agreed hours that your child should be attending Hillside Nursery School.  It captures information such as; 30 hours eligibility, EYPP, DAF, Notice Period and Transfer of Entitlement. If in the future your requirements change, you will asked to complete a new Parental Agreement that will reflect the new changes.