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Nursery Free Entitlement (NEF)

The Free Entitlement for all 3 and 4 years olds, and also 2 year olds (subject to eligibility) starts the term following your child’s third birthday (see the chart below). 


A child born or between

Free entitlement starts

1 April and 31 August

1 September following their 3rd birthday

1 September and 31 December

1 January following their 3rd  birthday

1 January and 31 March

1 April following their 3rd  birthday

Parents who wish to claim the Free Entitlement must register their child with the nursery no later than the headcount date provided by West Sussex County Council. The Nursery will provide all parents with a Parent Declaration Form, which the parents of all eligible children must complete and sign. This must be returned to the Nursery Manager along with your child’s original Birth Certificate or Passport. The nursery shall take a photocopy of the original and retain the photocopy and completed Parent Declaration form for audit purposes. It is the parent’s responsibility to amend and sign the Parent Declaration form when any personal and/or attendance details change.  

As we are open throughout the year, the entitlement is split over the weeks in which we are open. Please speak to the Nursery manager for further information.

We make a small charge for meals whilst your child is at Nursery during the Free Entitlement session.

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