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All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 570 hours of free early education or childcare a year. This is often taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year.
Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.
You can also search for help with childcare in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Last updated: 25 June 2015
You can only get help with 'approved childcare'.
You can get help with childcare costs for children under 18. You might be able to apply for:
You could also get free hours childcare when your child is aged 2 to 4. You might be able to apply for:
You can only get childcare vouchers if you have already joined a scheme.
Tell government straight away if your circumstances change and you're getting:
If you're getting 30 hours free childcare or Tax-Free Childcare you have to confirm if your details are up to date every 3 months.
Your eligibility for support with childcare costs might also change.
Your child starts primary school the September after they turn 4.
You might be able to use help like tax credits or Tax-Free Childcare to pay for childcare like wraparound care, after school clubs or other activities.
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