Free childcare

Free childcare

All 3 and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-olds are entitled to a certain amount of free early education and childcare.

30 Hours Free Early Learning & Childcare

The Government has announced it intends to extend the free early learning and childcare entitlement for eligible 3 and 4 year olds from 15 hours to 30 hours a week from September 2017.

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.

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.

Tell us what you think about 30 hours in our survey

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. Please fill in our anonymous 30 hours survey by 28 February 2017. We’ll also be sharing your comments with Kent childcare providers.