All 3 to 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours  of free early education or childcare per year. This equates to 570 hours and is usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.  This is Government funded and runs in term time only, so will not include school holidays.

Some 2-year-olds are also eligible. 


Children born in the period:

Become eligible for funding at the start of term beginning or following:

School term

1 January – 31 March

1 April


1 April – 31 August

1 September


1 September – 31 December

1 January



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