Early Years Funded Sessions


All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.  Working parents of 3-year-olds may also access an additional 570 hours of funded childcare throughout the year.


3 to 4-year-olds

You can start claiming free childcare after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.



Some 2-year-olds in England can get free early education and childcare.

You must be getting one of the following:

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

  • support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit and have an annual income under £16,190

  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

  • Universal Credit

Children are also entitled to a place if:

  • they’re looked after by a local council

  • they have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education health and care plan

  • they get Disability Living Allowance

  • they’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order


Child’s birthday                         When you can claim

1 January to 31 March                   the beginning of term on or after 1 April

1 April to 31 August                     the beginning of term on or after 1 September

1 September to 31 December        the beginning of term on or after 1 January