“Some two*, and all three and four year olds are entitled to free part-time early years education (EYE).
The part-time, free early years education places are available in school nursery classes, state or private nursery schools, day nurseries, playgroups or pre-schools and with approved childminders.
Children must attend an early years education service in Hampshire that is registered with the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), and approved by Services for Young Children.
Some early years education providers cannot offer the full entitlement so it is important for parents to check with their chosen service what they offer. It might that a parent can use more than one provider so that their child can access their full entitlement; and these hours might be ‘stretched’ to fit in better with parent’s working patterns or other commitments.
The Government has produced a statutory guidance for Local Authorities to deliver the free early years education for two, three and four year olds. The Council uses this statutory guidance to develop it’s Early Years Education Payment Funding Terms and Conditions which all childcare providers who deliver early years education in Hampshire are required to comply with.”
(Hantsweb, http://www3.hants.gov.uk/eye, 16/2/2016)