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Free early learning and childcare

Find out about free early learning and childcare for children under 5.

All 3 and 4-year-olds, and some 2-year-olds, in England can get free early learning or childcare, usually 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. Some working families can get up to 30 hours a week of free childcare for their 3 and 4-year-olds. From September 2024, eligible working families with children under 2, could get 15 hours free. Find more information on the Childcare Choices website

For more information about free early learning and childcare available at nurseries, including children's centres and primary schools, and some childminders contact the Family Information Service by email on or phone 020 7527 5959.

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