Free Early Years education and childcare

Free childcare places for 2 year olds

Some 2 year olds can get up to15 hours of free childcare a week for 38 weeks. The maximum each year is 570 hours.

You can get free childcare from the term after your child's 2nd birthday, as long as you have got a valid eligibility code.

  • check to see if you can get free childcare
  • apply online for your eligibility code
  • text "CHILDCARE" TO 88440 ( A member of the early years team will contact you to help)

Free childcare places for 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours' free childcare over 38 weeks. The maximum each year is 570 hours.

Your child will be eligible from the term after their third birthday.

Working parents could get an extra 15 hours' free childcare for their 3 and 4 year olds.

Find out if you can get help with the cost of childcare