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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. 

There are also some other schemes available to help with childcare costs, all of which can be found at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

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