Funded childcare

Funded childcare is now available to all 3 and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-olds.

30 hours free childcare

From September 2017, for eligible 3 and 4-year-old children, the government is extending the free early education and childcare entitlement from 15 to 30 hours per week.

Apply now to start a place on 1 January 2018. You may get asked for further information, so we strongly advise you to apply before Christmas.

Find out more about the 30 hours free funding and apply >

Golden Tickets: Free childcare for 2-year-olds

A Golden Ticket allows you to access free childcare for your 2-year-old, if eligible

Free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

From the term after their third birthday, until they start school, your child is entitled to up to 570 hours of free childcare

Other help with childcare costs

The help available from the government to pay for childcare costs for children of all ages