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Welcome to Barnsley Councils Citizen Portal where you can apply for:

Free Childcare for Eligible 2 year olds and School Places

To apply you will need to create an account. Please note if you are applying for Free Childcare for your 2 year olds it is important you keep the details of your login and password so you will be able to apply for a school place at a later time.

Applying for Free Childcare for Eligible 2 year olds

Before applying please ensure you have your read the eligibility criteria and Information found on the Barnsley Family Service Directory ( FSD)

The information pages contain details of:

  • How to apply
  • What to do next if you show as eligible
  • What to do if you show as not found or ineligible

Note : Please ensure you have your National Insurance number to complete the application

Finding good quality childcare can be a difficult task for parents. There are different types of childcare and lots of things to look out for. You can also look for OFSTED registered childcare by using our Family Service Directory.

If you'd like to talk to someone about your options and find out what childcare's available in your area, Families Information Service can help.

Please note: Applying for Free Childcare for 2 year olds is open all year. Applying for school places will open at key dates throughout the year.

Applying for a School Place

In order to make an informed decision about which is the preferred school for your child, you need to be aware of the variety of information available about each school and the ways in which you can access that information.

Section 5 of the Admission to School - Advice to Parents booklet gives the names and addresses of all schools in Barnsley together with additional information on school size and type, age range of pupil, etc. More detailed information is provided in each school prospectus, available free of charge from the school.

The Department for Education has a website with a specific section for parents and includes advice on expressing preferences and information on performance tables.

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) is responsible for inspecting all schools and producing reports on all schools. The report is an external and independent view of what is good and not so good about a school compared to other schools. If you want a copy of the report for a particular school you could contact that school who must make available a copy of the report, but there may be a small charge to cover administrative costs. Ofsted reports can also be downloaded from

You are advised that performance tables should not be used as the sole guide in deciding which are your preferred schools for your child, the wider educational experience offered by each school should also be carefully considered.

You will also need to consider whether the school is a reasonable distance from your home and how your child will get to school.