2, 3 and 4 Year Old Free Places

Free funding options for 2, 3 and 4 year olds


15 hours free childcare for all 3 - 4 year olds


  • For all families in England
  • With 3 and 4-year-old children
  • 15 hours of free childcare or early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly


Free childcare for 2-year-olds


You can get free childcare if you live in England and get one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Job seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit, and your household income is £15,400 a year or less after tax, not including benefit payments
  • tax credits, and your household income is £16,190 a year or less before tax
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

2-year-olds can also get free childcare if they:


3 - 4 Year old 30 hours free childcare


You may be able to get up to 30 hours free childcare (1,140 hours per year, which you can choose how you take) if your child is 3 to 4 years old.

You can get 30 hours free childcare at the same time as claiming Universal Credit, tax credits, childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare.



If you are working You can usually get 30 hours free childcare if you (and your partner). There is a minimum earnings requirement to be able to access this funding.

You may still be eligible if your partner is working, and you get Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

You can apply if you’re starting or re-starting work within the next 31 days.


For more information or for a quick check on eligibility visit Childcare Choices

If you would like any support applying for free funded places or any other funding options, get in touch and we will help you get set up