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Free Childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours of free early education and childcare over 38 weeks of the year. If you are a working parent, your 3 and 4 year old may be entitled to an additional 15 hours of childcare. 

2 year olds

  • Families either working or not working and receiving certain benefits
  • 15 hours of free childcare and early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week   

To find out more, visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/free2

All 3 or 4 year olds (15 hours)

  • All families in England with 3 and 4 year old children
  • 15 hours of free childcare and early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 570 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week 

To find out more, visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/free15

3 or 4 year olds (30 hours)

  • Working families in England with 3 and 4 year old children
  • 30 hours of funded childcare and early education for 38 weeks
  • A total of 1,140 hours per year, that you can use flexibly with one or more
    childcare provider
  • Some providers will allow you to ‘stretch’ the hours over 52 weeks, using fewer hours per week

 To find out more, visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/30hours