Free early learning for 3 and 4 year olds

15 hours free childcare

All families with 3 and 4-year-old children can get 15 hours of free childcare or early education a week, 38 weeks per year. This can be administered over three terms or stretched out to suit your needs.

30 hours free childcare

Working families with 3 and 4-year-old children can get an extra 15 hours a week of free childcare, so 30 hours in total. This can be administered over three terms or stretched out to suit your needs. You won't be eligible for this extended entitlement if you or your partner earn £100,000 or more. 

Check your eligibility now so your chosen provider can verify your code and secure your place by the December 31st 2017 deadline.

Check eligibility via Childcare Choices

How to get it

Your child’s nursery must be registered with Ofsted and included on the local authority list of early education providers to receive the free sessions. These include school nurseries, day nurseries, childminders and playgroups.

To find out if your child’s nursery is on the list of early education providers, please contact Liverpool Childcare and Family Information Service (CAFIS) on freephone 0800 085 2022 or ask a member of staff at your child’s nursery.

When does my child become eligible?

  • If your child is born between 1 April and 31 August, they will be eligible for a free place from 1 September following their third birthday, until statutory school age.
  • If your child is born between 1 September and 31 December, they will be eligible for a free place from 1 January following their third birthday, until statutory school age.
  • If your child is born between 1 January and 31 March, they will be eligible for a free place from 1 April following their third birthday, until statutory school age.

FAQs

Further information

Terms and conditions of the funding agreement