funding ages 3 & 4

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is usually taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year.

You can start claiming free childcare after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is.

 

child’s birthday

when you can claim

1 January to 31 March The beginning of term on or after 1 April
1 April to 31 August The beginning of term on or after 1 September
1 September to 31 December The beginning of term on or after 1 January

Example: Your child was born on 15 February 2012. They can get free early education and childcare from the start of term following 1 April 2015.

For more information please contact your local council regarding free early education and how to apply by following this link: www.stoke.gov.uk