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2, 3 and 4 year old funding

Free childcare and early education places for 2, 3, and 4 year olds

All three and four-year-old children in Stoke-on-Trent - and some two-year-olds - are entitled to 15 hours of childcare and early education. 

Children are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare and education each week, usually over 38 weeks of the year during school term time. We also offer fewer hours over more weeks, for example 11 hours each week over 51 weeks. We offer a variety of flexible session to meet your needs.

Two-year-old children must meet certain criteria to qualify. 


Working parents of three and four-year-olds may be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare. The criteria is available on Childcare Choices

Free childcare and early education is usually available from the start of the term after the child's birthday. 


 January 1 and March 31 from the beginning of the term on or after April 1


April 1 and August 31 from the beginning of the term on or after September 1


September 1 and December 31 from the beginning of the term on or after January 1