How do I apply?
Your local authority will have its own application process and dates – which means you might have to apply soon. Contact them to find out when and how to apply, or to get more information about the range of providers in your area.
Some authorities are already offering the extra hours, but all local authorities will have the 1140 hours in place from August 2021.
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How to prepare for the first day of nursery or childminder
You might feel nervous about how they'll settle in or be worried about leaving them for the first time. However you feel, there are things you can do to help you both prepare for this new experience.