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30 hours free childcare / early education for 3 and 4 year olds - extended entitlement

At present, all 3 and 4 year olds in England can get 15 hours of free childcare / early education a week over 38 weeks of the year (or fewer hours over more weeks).

From September 2017 this doubled to 30 hours a week, for up to 38 weeks (1,140 hours a year), for 3 and 4 year olds whose parents are working. The aim is to help families by reducing the costs of childcare, to support parents to increase the number of hours they work and/or encourage them into employment.

However, this increase is only available to families who meet a certain criteria.

Eligibility and when/how to apply

Details of eligibility, when to apply, how to use the funding and how to apply.

Who is offering the 30 hours?

Find out which childcare providers are offering the 30 hours.

How to access your childcare account

Find out how to access your childcare account and get and retrieve your eligibility code.

Reconfirming your eligibility for 30 hours free childcare

Find out how you reconfirm your eligibility for 30 hours free childcare and/or Tax Free Childcare

30 hours for foster carers

Information on how to apply for 30 hours free childcare if you are a foster carer.


Parents - Frequently asked questions

Providers - Frequently asked questions

How to make a complaint

Find out how to make a complaint if you are not satisfied that your child/children has received their free place or with any aspect of the way you have received it.