Free early education (2, 3 and 4 year olds)

About free childcare and early education

When do we get free early education?

  • some children are eligible for free childcare and early education from the term after their second birthday
  • all children are eligible for free early education funding from the term following their third birthday

What are the benefits for me and my child? 

This is a very important stage for your child's development. Early education means they will:

  • learn
  • play with friends
  • experience new activities
  • get ready for school

You don't have to be working to get free childcare but you might choose to:

  • take up a college course
  • go back to work
  • get ideas on how to help your child learn and play
  • or just have more time for other things!  

If you need more information visit the government's Childcare Choices website