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All three and four-year-olds in Medway are entitled to a free nursery place. Some  two-year-olds are eligible.

The early years are critical in a child's development. Children develop rapidly during this time, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Photo of pre-school childrenAll children should be given the opportunity to experience the very best possible start to their education. Nursery education provides a foundation for a lifetime of learning and is great fun too.

Free nursery education in Medway is available in nursery classes attached to some primary schools, in pre-schools, day nurseries with accredited childminders and for older four year-olds, in primary school reception classes.

The period from the age of two years until the beginning of Year 1 in primary school (when children are coming up to six years old) is called the Foundation Stage of learning.

Nurseries, pre-schools, accredited childminders and schools working with children who are in the Foundation Stage provide a curriculum to enable children to achieve Early Learning Goals.

Nurseries, pre-schools and accredited childminders in Medway are inspected by Ofsted and supported by a team of qualified early years advisers.

Get a list of nurseries, pre-schools and accredited childminders in your area from the Medway Family Information Service on 01634 335566 or familyinfo@medway.gov.uk


Please access the Family Information Service Directory for further information on Early Years and Childcare.