What is free childcare?
Free childcare is also known as the ‘free entitlement’, ‘free places’ or ‘free hours’. It refers to:
- government funded childcare and education for the most disadvantaged 2 year olds
- 15 hour free childcare for parents of 3 and 4 year olds (universal entitlement)
- 30 hours free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds (extended entitlement)