Childcare for three and four year-olds

If you have a child aged three or four, they can get 15 hours of free childcare/early education regardless of the families income or resident status. You wont need to apply, simply search for a childcare provider offering the funding. Find out more about 15 hours for three and four year-olds below.

If you are a working parent, you may be eligible for an additional 15 hours (commonly known as 30 Hours Childcare). To find out more about this scheme, see 30 hours childcare below.

Update 10/05/2021-  The ECS Checking system is now working. Please note: due to the ECS system being unavailable last week, there may be slight delays in processing your two-year-old application. If you have any queries please contact the Family Information Service on 020 8825 5588/