Free childcare and education for 2 to 4 year olds

If you’re the parent or carer of a 2 to 4 year old child you may be able to ask for a free childcare place for them. This would be for up to 15 hours per week (up to 570 hours per year) for at least 38 weeks of the year, until they start Reception class. 

This means, for example, that you may be able to ask for approximately 12 hours of free childcare per week over a 52-week window. 

Parents and carers eligibility checker

Check eligibility and apply for a place

Read more about childcare funding for 2 to 4 year olds on the website.

Childcare provider eligibility checker