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:
- 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.