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Little Joey's Pre-School

Play, learn and grow

We all want our children to grow up to be healthy, happy and well-adjusted to the world around them and whatever your situation, balancing family life in this modern world can be tough.

Your child can play, learn and grow in a fun, friendly, safe environment with a funded place for 3 and 4-year-olds.

All 3 and 4-year-old children in Lancashire are entitled to up to 15 hours per week (570 hours per year) at a local nursery, pre-school or with a childminder, funded by the government. For most working families this can rise to 30 hours per week (1140 hours per year). Check your eligibility for 30 hours funded childcare.



Join the thousands of parents in Lancashire who already have a funded place for their 3 and 4-year-olds. Our Lancashire nurseries and childminders support children to play, learn and grow helping them to:

  • Make new friends and share
  • Build their confidence
  • Learn and develop

Family are the most important people in a child’s early life, but your local nursery staff or childminder can offer great support and will be happy to assist you with your child’s early learning and development. They are qualified, caring professionals and their tips on the things that you can do at home can help your child come on in leaps and bounds.


When to apply

If you're eligible, you can start claiming a funded place from the term after your child's 3rd birthday. The table below shows when you can access a place and when to apply so your child can start as soon as they are eligible. 


Childs birthdayWhen you can access a place     When you can apply from
1 April – 31 August1 September (autumn term)1 April
1 September – 31 December     1 January (spring term)1 September
1 Jan – 31 March1 April (summer term)1 January