All 3 and 4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to a certain amount of free early education and childcare over 38 weeks of the year.
There are a number of schemes available to help with paying with childcare. To check your eligibility go to the Childcare Choices website.
For 2 year olds
Up to 15 hours a week free childcare for looked after children and parents on specific benefits.
15 hours free childcare
All 3 and 4 year olds can have up to 15 hours free childcare a week.
30 hours free childcare
Eligible 3 and 4 year olds can get up to 30 hours free childcare a week.