All 3 and 4 year olds can get up to 15 hours of free childcare and early education a week, until they go into a Reception class or reach school age. 

Funding is available from the term after your child turns 3. 

When your child is eligible for free childcare

Born on or between Terms for eligible funding
1 January to 31 March Summer term from April onwards
1 April to 31 August Autumn term from September onwards
1 September to 31 December Spring term from January onwards

You don’t need to apply for the funding. Your childcare provider will do this. 

30 hours funded childcare for working parents 

Working parents may be able to claim up to 30 hours a week for 3 and 4 year olds, from the term after the child’s third birthday. This includes the universal 15 hours of free childcare. 

Check if you are eligible for 30 hours funded childcare on GOV.UK.

You’ll need to apply for a 30 hour eligibility code:

  • the term before you want to access a 30 hour place and 
  • reconfirm your eligibility every 3 months to continue to receive the 30 hours of free childcare

You must share your 30 hour eligibility code with your chosen childcare provider before starting a place.