All 3 and 4-year-olds are currently entitled to 15 hours a week of free early education. From September 2017, eligible working parents can claim an additional 15 hours of free early education and childcare per week, for 38 weeks of the year.
If you are eligible you can use the full 30 hours every week for 38 weeks or some providers will offer stretched hours across the year. This means that you will use fewer hours each week, but it will cover more weeks in the year.
The entitlement starts from the term after your child’s third birthday,or the term after you receive your eligibility code, whichever is later, and can continue until your child starts in their reception class at school. If you are eligible and you wish your child to take up a place with a childcare provider from September 2019 you will need to apply for an eligibility code before the 31 August 2019. You will need to reconfirm your eligibility every three months prior to the end date of your code. To ensure you have an eligible code from September 2019 please check that the dates between your start date and end date cover 1 September 2019.