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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)

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