Three years old

Now that your child is three, they are almost at the stage where they can start full time education to support their development.

Stage/Factor More Information

Keep your child's growth charts and health records from the NHS with you wherever you are.

eRedbook stores information about immunisations, health reviews and screening tests securely in the cloud so they are always at hand. 

Access your child's NHS health records quickly and easily through eRedbook once your child's record is connected to the NHS.

If you are worried about your child’s development, please speak to your Health Visitor or GP.

Find out more about the eRedbook

Register for universal 15 hours early years education for 3 and 4 year olds

All three-year-old and four-year-old children are entitled to at least 15 hours per week of free early years education. This can be taken from the term after your child turns three.

This can be with an approved provider of your choice. Register directly with your chosen childcare provider to take up a place.

Find out more information, including what you are entitled to, when your child will be able to start and how to register.

Apply for 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

30 hours of free childcare is available in England to working parents who meet the eligibility criteria. If eligible, the earliest you can access the 30 hours is from the term after your child’s third birthday. You must however apply a term in advance of when you wish your child to start. If your child is 3 already, apply now to start next term.

Check if you are eligible and apply.

Attending open evenings to determine school choices

As you are getting ready to apply for your child’s place at school, it is important to spend some time finding out which schools are available in your area and what might be the best choice for your child.

You can do this by attending school open evenings. Find out more on our primary school admissions page.

You can also use the Newham School Fact finder to find the schools in your local area.

Apply for a school place

When you reach the November after your child turns three or the November before your child turns four, it is time to apply for a school place. The deadline is 15 January.

Find out more and apply for a school place.

Out-of-school services provide childcare and opportunities for children to play and have fun outside of school hours.

It is useful to start exploring what out-of-school services exist near you now, as your child prepares to start school. If you need help with the costs this might entail, the childcare choices website explains the financial support for childcare costs available to families.

4-in-1 pre-school booster overview


The 4-in-1 pre-school booster vaccine is offered to children from the age of 3 years and 4 months to boost their protection against different serious conditions:

Find out more on the NHS website.

Specialist Health Visiting Service

The specialist health visiting service provides a targeted service that supports vulnerable children aged 0-5 and their families. The service comprises of three specialist health visiting teams. Please click on the links below to find out more about the teams:

Specialist Health visitors for Perinatal Infant Mental Health (PIMH)

Specialist Health Visitors for children with SEND

Specialist Health visitors for HIV

Health Visiting Service

Health visitors work with children and their families from the antenatal period until children are five. We work in partnership with other agencies such as midwives, GPs, schools, social workers, voluntary services and children centres.  

Together we aim to improve the health and wellbeing of all children aged 0-5 and to prevent ill health through health promotion at individual and community level. 

Find out more about the Health Visiting Service

School readiness - a mission possible

Supporting children to be ready for school can start as early as 2 years old. There are a number of early year settings in Newham for parents to access and register their children to support parents with school readiness. Find out more on the School Health Service section.

Newham youth map

Search the Newham Youth Map for libraries, sports and physical activities, parks and outdoor spaces, youth organisations and event Newham. Created by Young People for Young People.

Newham Youth Map