All 3 to 4-year-olds in England, and some 2-year-olds, can get 15 hours per week (570 hours per year) of free early education or childcare. This starts from the term after the child turns 2 or 3. Some 3 and 4-year-olds can get 30 hours of free childcare per week (1040 hours per year).

Childcare support is expanding. From April 2024 some eligible working parents of 2 year old children may be entitled to up to 15 hours of childcare support. Your hours can be used for 38 weeks of the year (during school term time) or you may be able to stretch your hours and use fewer hours per week for up to 52 weeks of the year. Find out more on the Childcare Choices website. Check what support you could be eligible for by using the eligibility checker under ‘find the right offer for you’ on the Childcare Choices website

The Department for Work and Pensions have released a universal credit and childcare guide giving information on who can claim support with childcare costs and how much

To be eligible as a working parent both parents must be working unless one of you is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, in those cases you could still be eligible.

Entitlement to a funded place does not offer a guarantee of a place at any one setting or a particular pattern of provision. Talk to your chosen provider to find out about their funded only places offer and admissions criteria.

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