Free childcare for 2 year olds

A Government funded 2 year old place is available for families in England, receiving some forms of support.  For eligibility details click here.  Eligible 2 year old children will receive;

  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year, which you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

Places are available from the beginning of the school term after the eligible child’s second birthday. 

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 gov.uk website.

Childcare provider eligibility checker

Funded early education information for parents

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