Apply for OR reconfirm your 30 hours eligibility code to receive 30 hours free childcare.

Free Early Learning / Education

    Childcare/early learning/education is good for children’s social, physical and mental development and also helps them to prepare for school – giving your child the best start in life.

    See advice for parents of children aged 0-4 years old with special educational needs (SEND).

    Upcoming changes to childcare support from 2024

    The financial support that is available to parents to help with the cost of childcare is increasing, starting from April 2024.

    These include major changes to make it easier for parents with childcare responsibilities to move into or take on more paid work.

    Find full details on the government's Childcare Choices website (external link)

    Apply for your child's free place

    Don't miss out - visit your childcare setting to secure your child's place today

    Free for 2s

    Free 15 hours for parents of 2-year-olds receiving support

    Find out how Free for 2s work or how to apply for up to free 15 hours a week.

    Watch parents talk about Free for 2s!

    Free early education 15 hours

    Free early education for all 3 and 4-year-olds

    Find out when and where your child can use their free place of up to 15 hours a week.

    Free 30 hours for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds

    Free 30 hours childcare and Tax-Free Childcare for working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds

    Find out if you’re eligible for the new government scheme.


    Understanding the free early education and childcare entitlements

    Read our guide to entitlements for parents and carers.

    Help paying for childcare

    Can I get help with my childcare costs? (external link)

    Looking for help with childcare costs? See the GOV.UK Childcare Choices page (external link).

    Further Information

    Holidays, Activities and Food (HAF) programme

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    November 2, 2023