Types of Early Education Settings and Eligibility

Some parent or carers require childcare for their baby or child prior to them becoming eligible for early education funded places. Children become eligible for funded education at different ages according to circumstances.

The following table provides information about the different early education settings available in Birmingham.

Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI)

Early years settings provide childcare and education for children from as young as six weeks up to five years. These settings vary in size and in the number and age of children they can admit. They may be different in terms of their premises and the facilities on offer and may be open for all 52 weeks of a year or in term-time only. Each PVI provider will have their own website where you can read more about them.


Childminders care for children in their homes, providing learning and play opportunities through a wide range of planned and free activities. Some child minders will take children to and from school. Childminders are registered with Ofsted to mind children aged from six weeks old. For information about childminders near your home contact the Children’s Advice Support Service (CASS) on 0121 303 1888

Some children with an education, health and care plan may need a placement in a special school nursery or a nursery school resource base. Professionals working with your child will support you if this type of provision is required.

Nursery Schools

Nursery schools and classes provide early education during school term time only.  All children become eligible for a nursery school place the term after their third birthday. Nursery schools and classes may also offer funded places for eligible children from the term after their second birthday.

Some infant and primary schools have nursery classes – you can check your local school website to find out if they offer this.