Early Education and Childcare

Early Education

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

Tax-free childcare

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.

Ofsted Reports

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
Civic Offices
Euclid Street
Email: EY&CBrokerage@swindon.gov.uk