30 hours of free early education and childcare

From September 2017, the Government is extending the free early education and childcare entitlement for eligible 3 and 4 year olds from 15 hours to 30 hours a week.

To help working families the Government is also introducing a scheme called Tax Free Childcare alongside the extended 30 hours of free childcare.

As a parent or carer, you may also be entitled to national benefits and tax credits to help you pay for additional childcare. If you are working, your employer may also offer you childcare vouchers.

The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family), and where each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage, and earns less than £100,000 per year. An eligible child can receive this entitlement from the academic period after their third birthday until they start reception class at school.

Find out if you are eligible

We will be updating the online childcare directory soon so that you can search for childcare settings who will be delivering 30 hours of free childcare in September 2017.

In the meantime, you can see a list of all Kent providers who currently intend to offer up to 30 hours of free childcare, split by area.

Read the list of Kent providers

We want to understand how many parents and carers in Kent will want to take up their extra free hours and where extra childcare may be needed across the county.

If your children are between 2 and 4 years old, we want to hear from you about the childcare you currently use and what you might do differently if you had extra hours of free childcare.  We’ll also be sharing your comments with Kent childcare providers.

Complete our anonymous 30 hours survey