Schools, education and childcare Free childcare

When and how to claim

When to claim

Check if you can get free childcare if you have a two or three year old.

The date of eligibility depends on your child’s birthday. If their birthday is between: 

  • 1 January and 31 March, you may be eligible from 1 April
  • 1 April and 31 August, you may be eligible from 1 September
  • 1 September and 31 December, you may be eligible from 1 January

How to claim

Contact an eligible childcare provider. Or if your child is already with an eligible childcare provider, ask the staff at the centre.

They may ask for evidence of benefit you’re getting.

The staff at any children's centre can help you apply.

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