Early Years Funding

Find out everything you need to know about funded childcare

See what you are eligible for at the Government's Childcare Choices website


Age 2

First 15 hours childcare per week FREE

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Yes, if you are getting a form of support, such as:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Tax credits and have an annual income under £16,190 before tax

Age 3 & 4

Available from the 1st January, 1st April or 1st September following your child’s 3rd birthday.


First 30 hours childcare per week free
An extra 15 hours a week of free childcare if you’re eligible; so 30 in all!

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Yes, if you and any partner are working 16 hours or more at the National Minimum or Living Wage per week. If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you’re unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.