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15 hours chilcare

15 Hours Funding 

All 3 and 4-year-olds in England already get 15 hours a week, or 570 hours a year of free early education.  

If their parents are living and working in England, 3 and 4-year-olds may be entitled to 30 hours free childcare. An extra 570 hours of free childcare a year, so 1140 hours in total. 30 hours free childcare will be available. 

The eligibility criteria are the same as the ones for Tax-Free Childcare, except you can continue to get these types of support at the same time as 30 hours free childcare: 


  • tax credits 
  • Universal Credit 
  • childcare vouchers or salary sacrifice schemes 
  • childcare grants and bursaries 


When you apply, you’ll be confirming that you need childcare so that you and your partner, if you have one, can work.

If your child’s already in a full-time reception class in a state funded school, you won’t be eligible for 30 hours free childcare  


Visit the Government's webpage childcare choices to see if you may be entitled, and to make an application.