Free childcare and education for 3 and 4 year olds

A Government funded 3 and 4 year old place is available for all families in England.  All 3 and 4 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 child’s third birthday.

Funded early education information for parents

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