Free Childcare for two-year-olds
You can apply online for either a free nursery or approved childminder place for two-year-olds, providing you meet the stated eligibility criteria.
Free Childcare for three and four year olds
All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare.
For working parents*, this has been doubled to 30 hours a week from September 2017.
- 15 hours free childcare - what you're entitled to and how you can receive your free entitlement
- 30 hours free childcare - how to apply and eligibility criteria
*To be eligible for the extra 15 hours a week, you must earn at least £120 and each parent must not earn more than £100,000 a year.
Help with Paying for Childcare
You can receive the free childcare entitlement you are eligible for from any registered childcare provider who has spaces available.