Early Years Entitlement

Some 2 year olds may be eligible for 15 hours free childcare if you are claiming Working Tax Credits and earn less than £16,190. To find out more visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/childcare.

All children are entitled to 15 hours of free flexible childcare from the term after their 3rd birthday, for 38 weeks per year. Any hours over the 15 free hours are payable at our hourly rate. Please contact us for more information.

30 Hours Free Childcare

You may be eligible for 30 free hours of childcare (for 38 weeks per year) if you meet certain criteria.

Eligibility Rules

  • Your child will be 3 or 4 years old (as with the 15 hours, the entitlement starts the term after your child’s 3rd birthday)
  • Both parents must be working or the sole parent in a lone family
  • Each parent must earn an average, a weekly amount equivalent to 16 hours at the national minimum wage or national living wage currently £111.20 age 21-24 and £115.20 age 25+
  • Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000

This is basically a scheme to help working parents. Families where one parent or both parents do not work will not be eligible.