30 hours free childcare for three and four year olds

All parents and carers who have children aged three and four are currently entitled to 15 hours a week free childcare. For working parents, this is being doubled to 30 hours a week from September 2017.

To be eligible for the increased free hours, you must:

  • earn at least £120 a week
  • each parent must not earn £100,000 or more a year

People could still be eligible if they or their partner is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, are unable to work if they have a disability or caring responsibilities. Single parents can also apply. 

Successful applicants will then receive a code which they then take to their chosen childcare provider as soon as possible. 

Parents and carers need to apply to the Government before the end of August in order to find out if they are eligible in order to secure a childcare place from September. 

Free childcare places are available at a range of early years settings including nursery schools, day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. 

Not eligible?

If you don't meet the criteria for extended free childcare, all three and four-year-olds are still entitled to 15 hours of free education at a range of childcare providers for 38 weeks of the year.

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