30 hours free childcare

If you are a working parent you may get an additional 15 hours per week of free childcare for your 3 or 4 year old child from September 2017.  This is in addition to the 15 free hours that you already receive. Find out who is eligible.

We are currently testing some elements of the new scheme but will not fund any 30 hour places until September 2017.

All the most up to date information about the scheme so far can be found in the Childcare Bill policy statement.

Assessing sufficiency of places

To plan for this and make sure there are enough places, we have been collecting feedback through a parent survey, childcare provider survey and an employer survey.

We will be publishing a full childcare sufficiency assessment by the end of September 2016.