Free childcare and early education places

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  1. Free childcare and early education places for 2, 3, and 4 year olds
  2. Does my two-year-old qualify for free childcare and education?

Free childcare and early education places for 2, 3, and 4 year olds

Three and four-year-old children in Stoke-on-Trent - and some two-year-olds - are entitled to free early education. Contact your chosen childcare provider to find out more.

Two-year-old children must meet certain criteria to qualify. 

Apply for funding for your two-year-old

Apply for 30 hours free childcare for working parents

Children are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare and education each week, usually over 38 weeks of the year during school term time. Some places may offer you fewer hours over more weeks, for example 11 hours each week over 51 weeks.
 
Free childcare and early education is usually available from the start of the term after the child's birthday and places are available at places including childminders, day nurseries and pre-school play groups. Maintained nurseries, schools and academies also offer provision.

 If your child was born between  They will be eligible for a free childcare place
 January 1 and March 31  from the beginning of the term on or after April 1
 April 1 and August 31  from the beginning of the term on or after September 1
 September 1 and December 31  from the beginning of the term on or after January 1