Free Childcare from the Government 

All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year.  Some 2-year-olds are also eligible.

Childcare Choices, the cross-government childcare campaign was launched in March 2017, providing parents with a single point of information for all the government funded childcare offers, including the two new offers: 30hours free childcare and Tax Free Childcare.

year funding

Children aged 3 - 5 years, 15 hours of early years funding is available for them from the term after their 3rd birthday, additional hours will be charged.

2 year funding

Your 2-year-old can get free early education and childcare if you get one of the following:
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
  • Universal credittax credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Support through part 6 of the immigration and asylum act
  • The working tax credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for working tax credit)
A child can also get free early education and childcare if any of the following apply:
  • They’re looked after by a local council
  • They have a current statement of special education needs (SEN) or an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • They get disability living allowance
  • They’ve left care under a special guardianship order, child arrangements order or adoption order

If you think you may qualify for additional support, please talk to us or contact Cornwall Council's Family Information Service on 0800 587 8191 / 01872 323535 or via email:

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