Education and Learning

In this section you will find a range of support services and information on education, learning and skills for children and adults living in West Berkshire.

Education in West Berkshire is available from pre-school to adult.

Early Years

Early Years - All 3 & 4 year old children can access the Free Entitlement to Early Education for 15 hours a week over 38 weeks per year, this funding is generally available the term following their 3rd birthday however the cut off dates are 31st March, 31st August and 31st December, so although some terms may start into April, September and January, children born on the first day in the month will not be eligible until the following term. Some 2 year olds are eligible if they meet the creiteria the term following their 2nd birthday This can be accessed via a range of providers: childminders, pre-school, day nursery, school nursery class, private nursery and independent schools. Contact your chosen provider directly to access this funding. If you think you may have an eligible 2 year old then please either contact us or apply on line. You can also find further information through Gov.UK here.

Working parents/carers may be eligible for an additional 15 hours funding making the total hours available 30. Please click on this link to Childcare Choices for further information, this link will also give information on Tax Free Childcare, which assists with the cost of childcare.


Full-time education is compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 18 years old, either at school or otherwise, with a child beginning primary education during the school year he or she turns 5.

Students may then continue their secondary studies for a further two years (sixth form), leading most typically to A-level qualifications, although other qualifications and courses exist, including Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualifications,

Community and Learning Team

Community Learning Team 

(adult and family learning)  works in partnership with a range of organisations to provide learning programmes and activities for adults and families in West Berkshire.

All courses are delivered in local venues by quality approved education and training providers many of whom specialise in specific learner groups.

Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS)

The Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) gives guidance and advice to support pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds, including those for whom English is an additional language and supports schools to be inclusive.

Referrals accepted from any source. 


Adviza - is a charity inspiring people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work. Our passion is to support young people and others, at important times in their lives where key decisions need to be made.   We aim to raise people's aspirations and motivate them to achieve their full potential.

Apprenticeships and Careers

Are you interested in careers in the following fields, if so then please follow the links below for further information.

Dentistry: Please read here for more information

Film Career Advice: Please read here for more information

Hairdressing: Please read here for more information

Barbering: Please read here for more information.

How to become a Vet  Please read here for more information

How to become a make up artist  Please read here for more information

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