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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. 15 hours/week for disadvantaged 2-year-olds
  3. 3. Universal offer for 3 and 4-year-olds
  4. 4. Working parents

Universal offer for 3 and 4-year-olds

15 hours per week of free childcare is provided universally to all children in England who are aged 3 and 4 years old. Children can receive this regardless of their, or their parent's, immigration status. 

The universal provision consists of 570 hours of free childcare or early education each year, which must be taken over at least 38 weeks. For example, 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year.  

More information and how to apply

Families can refer to the government information about 15 hours free childcare and information about how to apply for childcare

Councils can refer to the statutory guidance on early education and childcare