Sign up for free childcare

Parents of young children are being asked to contact Nottinghamshire County Council to see if they qualify for free childcare starting in the autumn term.

Eligible children will take up their free places at the start of the term following their second birthday. There will be another round of applications for children who are two during the autumn term, with their places starting after Christmas, and a further round during the spring for children to start in the summer term.

Parents and carers in the county are advised their two year old child may qualify for a free early years place in the autumn term 2013 if: Your child was born between 01/09/2010 and 31/08/2011; your home address is in Nottinghamshire.

They are classed as a ‘looked after child’ or you receive one of the following benefits: Income support; income-based jobseeker’s allowance; income-related employment support allowance; support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; guarantee element of state pension credit; child tax credit, but not working tax credit and your yearly income does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs).

Places are available for 15 hours per week (term time only). The ‘application window’ for applying for a place to start in the autumn term is between June 1 and July 12,2013. The easiest way to apply is on-line using this link: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/childcare or by telephoning 0300 500 8080.